Community Collaborates to Install AEDs in Campaign

Thanks to the continued efforts of many Truman students, faculty and staff working in conjunction with the area community coordinators, the number of AEDs both on campus and in the community is increasing.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are machines that are used to assist someone who has undergone sudden cardiac arrest. They work to restore natural heart rhythm to the victim.

The latest unveilings involved several Truman community members. Glenn Wehner, professor of animal science, and Vicky Wehner, coordinator of disability services, donated to the campaign in memory of Glenn’s father who recently passed away. That AED was placed in Baldwin Hall next to the auditorium. Alumni Andrea Richards, instructor in communication disorders, and Dr. Robert Jackson also purchased an AED that is located in the Health Sciences Building. In addition to those AEDs, eight other machines have been placed on campus in the following buildings: Violette Hall, Pickler Memorial Library, Magruder Hall, Barnett Hall, the Student Union Building, Ophelia Parrish, the Student Health Center and Stokes Stadium. Older machines are located in the Student Recreation Center, Pershing Arena and the Department of Public Safety.

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Supporters of the AED Campaign pose by a newly installed AED in Baldwin Hall. Pictured, front row, from left to right: Justine Guban, Elsie Gaber,Vicky Wehner (donor), Jennifer Zweifel, Lisa Archer and Tom Johnson. Back row: Kelli Hunsicker, Troy Mihalevich, Glenn Wehner (donor) and Troy Paino.

The AED Campaign was initiated in Spring 2011 with the goal of installing more AEDs in businesses around Kirksville.

Students from Janice Clark’s Health 440 class have developed a partnership with the Northeast Missouri Heart Health committee to promote their AED Campaign. Students Taylor Hockman, Kristen Siegler, Anna Grinter and Jenna Osseck worked with the NEMO Heart Health committee to promote the campaign around the city. They designed an “AED Man” mascot, worked on the website and developed a flyer. They also helped promote the need for AEDs and recruited businesses to purchase an AED or allow one to be put on their premises. They attended AED unveilings where AEDs were installed into services in local businesses, organizations and churches.

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Supporters of the AED Campaign pose by a newly installed AED in the Health Sciences Building. Pictured, front row, from left to right: Lisa Archer, Troy Paino, Jennifer Zweifel, Andrea Richards (donor), Elsie Gaber, Justine Guban, Kelli Hunsicker and Lori Shook. Back row: Joe Schilling, Robert Jackson (donor), Troy Mihalevich and Tom Johnson.

During Fall 2011, students Chelsie Covey, Carissa Rethemeyer and Brian Strode continued to advertise AEDs in the community and recruited businesses. They also began checking the batteries of existing AEDs on-site. Strode made an appearance as “AED Man” in Truman’s homecoming parade.

A second group of students consisting of Nicole Eckelkamp, Taylor Kennedy, Aurora Powell and Rikki Sitzes assisted in promoting, planning, programming and the clean-up of NEMO Heart Health committee’s “Gents and Joules” gala to raise money for the campaign. The event took place in November 2011 and raised more than $47,000.

This semester, three groups of Health 440 students are helping with the campaign. Jennifer Zweifel, Darius Taylor, Collin Dobson and Chris Gipple are continuing the advertising efforts and businesses recruitments as well as attending unveilings and performing AED inspections.

Andrea Martinez, Aileen McKenzie and Kelsey McManimie helped with NEMO Heart Health’s “Go Red for Women” day and the “Sweetheart” Dance that took place in February.

A third group of students Alexander Boerkel, Chris Kaslin and Anna Bailey headed the “Change for Heart” campaign for campus and the community that recruited donations for the cause.

Clark plans to continue this initiative for the next semester in her Health 440 course.