To the Editor:
I would like to take just a minute to clarify some possible misrepresentations of the truth provided by your editorial in (the Nov. 5) Chieftain. Though like everyone, I am thankful for the work done by Mr. Burch and his project to help provide AED’s throughout the county, I think it is inappropriate of the Chieftain to unfairly present his “business” as the only game in town.
I think most would agree that it would be in everyone’s best interest to have an AED on every street corner and in every business. However, it is important to note that all of the AED’s that are currently available and in service in Wallowa County are not provided exclusively by Mr. Burch’s project and most, if not all, of those arranged by Mr. Burch’s project have been purchased by someone or some business not given to them. The Wallowa County Sheriffs Department, and Wallowa County Heath Care District through grant projects have 14 AED’s that are placed throughout the county as well as many private individuals and others who have purchased their own devices for their clubs or businesses. In fact, anyone who would like to purchase an AED can do so on line at several different locations.
Lastly there are several other resources for CPR and First Aid classes regularly provided throughout the county by certified and experienced medical professionals that are also American Heart Association Instructors and who have been providing these classes for almost 20 years.
I think a fair representation of the actual resources in this county available to folks would have been more appropriate for an editorial.
AHA Basic life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, First Aid Instructor