Havelock receives gift of 10 automatic defibrillators


Havelock firefighter/paramedic Scott Dorsett shows off 10 new automatic external defibrillators given to the city from CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM.

The board of CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern has provided Havelock with 10 more automatic external defibrillators.

Diane Miller, Havelock grants manager and spokeswoman, said the devices would be placed in police cruisers and city buildings.

"Our application was rejected by the foundation because we were not a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) but the board of the CarolinaEast Foundation, the hospital itself, chose to write a check to cover the cost of those defibrillators," Miller said.

A defibrillator was used to help save a man earlier this year at the Havelock Senior Center, and Havelock police officers have been trained on use of the devices. Still, the city did not have enough money to purchase more of the devices, Miller said. Each device costs about $1,500.

The defibrillators will be added to the eight already in city police cruisers. Money from the state 911 fund paid for those devices.

Three others are located at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, the Havelock Recreation Center and the senior center. Havelock will now have one device in the city hall building, three at the recreation center, one at the senior center, one at the public works department, and 16 in city police cars.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders recalled an incident earlier this year when one of the devices revived a Carteret County commissioner who was having a heart attack at the New Bern Convention Center.

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