PITTSBURG — When Medicalodges Frontenac staff volunteered at The Lord’s Diner they found the diner’s wish list, and on it was an automated external defibrillator.
While volunteering at the diner the staff decided they wanted to make the diner’s wish come true.
Medicalodges Frontenac Administrator Mike Ricks and staff stopped by the diner to donate the defibrillator on Friday.
Ricks said the facility was glad to donate the device to the diner.
“The volunteers heard that they had a need of this life saving device,” he said. “We happened to be able to provide them with one.”
“We support the mission of The Lord’s Diner and the community of Pittsburg.”
The Lord’s Diner Site Director Matt O’Malley and the staff from Medicalodges Frontenac said the defibrillator is a good tool to have around, as many people who enter the diner have major health problems.
“We have a vulnerable population,” O’Malley said. “We have about 50 senior citizens come in nightly and some don’t have health insurance.”
Medicalodges Frontenac Director of Nursing Katy Stell said the defibrillator has easy to use directions which direct the user during an emergency.
“It is self explanatory,” Stell said. “It walks you through it — where to place pads and when to shock.
“It can be used on adults and children.”
O’Malley said his staff will be trained on how to use the defibrillator.
O’Malley said he hopes the diner will never have to use the defibrillator, but in an emergency, they will have a tool to save a life.
“I hope we do not have to use it,” he said. “But if we do, we will be more likely to save someone’s life.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.