Our hearts are in good hands.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are now available on every Buena Vista Fire Department emergency vehicle thanks, in part, to the Frankenmuth Community Foundation.


 The Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s Board of Governors approved a $2,650 grant request early this year to pay for two new AEDs as part of the fire department’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Initiative. The units arrived in May.

“In the event of a cardiac arrest – whether it’s a resident, a student on his way to school in the Frankenmuth School District, or someone driving through Buena Vista Township on their way to visit Frankenmuth – now all of our rescue vehicles are equipped with an AED,” said Aaron Hoeppner, acting fire chief.

An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. It can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat following a sudden cardiac arrest. 

“The sooner an AED is on the scene of a cardiac arrest the greater the chance of survival,” Hoeppner said. “With this grant, we now we have the necessary medical equipment to provide basic life support in case of cardiac arrest.”

The Frankenmuth Community Foundation is non-profit organization that utilizes donations, gifts and bequests to promote the betterment of the greater Frankenmuth area through financial assistance to worthy causes. Since its inception 40 years ago, more than $2 million has been distributed to groups and programs working to enhance the lives of residents in the Frankenmuth area. 

Executive Director Stephen C. List said the Frankenmuth Community Foundation was happy to assist the Buena Vista Fire Department. The northwest corner of Frankenmuth School District includes Buena Vista Township. 

“Our board saw that purchasing these two additional units could literally be the difference between life and death,” List said. “You can’t put a price tag on saving a life.”

Hoeppner said his department is grateful for the generosity of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation.

“We’d like to thank the Foundation and the entire Frankenmuth community for their support,” Hoeppner said.

-- For more information about the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, please visit www.frankenmuthfoundation.org.



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