The Des Moines Farmers Market now has an Automatic External Defibrillator


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Front row from left: Market Manager Rikki Marohl, Board President Wayne Corey, Commissioner Bill Gates, Fire Chief Al Church, Deputy Chief Vic Pennington. Back row: Firefighters from Des Moines Station 67. On antique engine: Mascot Sparky.

Last Saturday the South King Fire & Rescue Aid Fund presented an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market.

The South King Fire & Rescue Aid Fund is a registered, non-profit, tax exempt association that engages in charitable and educational efforts in our local community.

“With the increased crowds this season the law of averages is bound to catch up to us and someone might have heart trouble during the market,” said Wayne Corey, market board president.

Corey says he mentioned to Deputy Chief Vic Pennington that the market would like one but, the cost was prohibitive. Vic then put the wheels in motion and the Aid Fund stepped up to help. Assistant Chief Gordie Olsen said this is one of the many projects the Aid Fund supports throughout South King Fire & Rescue’s district.

In the coming weeks, market volunteers will be trained by the department in CPR and the AED’s use. The device will be kept at the market information booth during normal business hours.

Fire Commissioner Board President Bill Gates presented the AED to Wayne and market manager Rikki Marohl and commented that the district’s commissioners fully support community groups such as Farmers Markets and encourages officers to be involved in its communities.

The South King Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit, tax exempt association that engages in charitable and educational efforts in our local community.

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Wayne Corey, left, and Bill Gates hold the new Automatic External Defibrillator.


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One Response to “The Des Moines Farmers Market now has an Automatic External Defibrillator”
  1. Bob Sheckler says:

    This is what community involvement is all about. My thanks to all of you.

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