Junior firefighter provides AEDs in memory of grandfather in Maine

At the request of his grandmother, in lieu of flowers, the family asked donations be made to the AED Fund

The Sun Journal

LISBON FALLS, Maine — Lisbon High School freshman, Ryan Robitaille, recently embarked on a project of installing Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in Lisbon schools.

Robitaille, an active member of the Lisbon Falls Fire Co. as a junior firefighter, contacted Lisbon Fire Department Chief Sean Galipeau and Lisbon School Superintendent Richard Green, referencing two recent incidents in Yarmouth and Cumberland where lives were saved by AEDs.

Robitaille, who recently lost his grandfather, Robert Robitaille of Lisbon Falls, wanted to dedicate a project in his memory. At the request of his grandmother, in lieu of flowers, the family asked donations be made to the AED Fund.

"We considered supporting a number of nonprofit organizations in my granddad's memory. Our family decided on contributing directly to the Lisbon community and our schools," said Robitaille. The sum of $2,100 was raised, bringing the AED Project to fruition.

The school department donated $600, and Lisbon Falls Fire Co. and the E.T. Smith Hose Co. each donated $500.

The fire department facilitated the transactions with the town of Lisbon to purchase the equipment, with assistance from the Maine Emergency Medical Services, an organization promoting public safety.

Training for key school personnel was provided by Lisbon Falls Fire Deputy Chief Mike Robitaille. Schools nurses provided training for staff and schedules for student sessions will be announced.

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