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Stay Safe: HeartSmart Gives AEDs For Candlewood Lake Patrol Boats

Brian and Amanda Marshall of HeartSmart.com, who wanted to give back to their community and fellow boaters on Candlewood Lake, donated four AED units to the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police.
Brian and Amanda Marshall of HeartSmart.com, who wanted to give back to their community and fellow boaters on Candlewood Lake, donated four AED units to the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police

CANDLEWOOD LAKE, Conn. — It will be safer for boaters out on Candlewood Lake, thanks to a donation from a New Milford business.

HeartSmart.com has donated four automated external defibrillators — two each to the Candlewood Lake Authority and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection EnCon Police — for use on patrol boats.

The donation came about after Brian and Amanda Marshall, the owners of HeartSmart, met two EnCon officers while they were enjoying a day of boating on Candlewood Lake.

During the conversation, they asked whether the patrol vessels were equipped with Automated External Defibrillators, better known as AEDs, which they are not.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. It is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation with an AED are paramount to increasing the victim’s chance of survival.

On Monday, Brian and Amanda Marshall, who wanted to give back to their community and fellow boaters on Candlewood Lake, donated the four AED units. Two will be used for EnConn vessels patrolling Candlewood Lake, and Candlewood Lake Authority received two units for its vessels.

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