Two generous community gifts will support the town’s purchase of an automatic defibrillator (AED) to enhance summertime first aid services at Lake Mansfield Park.

The Sheffield Kiwanis contributed $200 and Fairview Hospital has donated $1,000 toward the $1,800 cost.

Town Manager Mark Pruhenski expressed thanks for both gifts and noted that the town Parks Department will pay $600 toward the cost.

AED devices are used keep the heart pumping in the event of a cardiac arrest. Town lifeguards will be trained in its proper use.

“This life-saving device will prepare our lifeguards for responding to cardiac arrest incidents during the crucial minutes of an emergency,” said Pruhenski. “These generous donations will make Great Barrington a safer place for all of our residents and visitors."

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