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AEDs installed at several Denville Township parks

DENVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Installing AEDs in Denville Township’s parks has long been a desire of Mayor Tom Andes, the Council, the Recreation Committee and the Office of Emergency Management.

However, security of the devices was a longstanding concern as the worst-case scenario imaginable would be that a AED was needed but the unit was missing or not working properly due to vandalism, Andes said.

Last December when Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, suffered a cardiac arrest on the field, OEM Director Wesely Sharlpes, Recreation Director Nick Panetta and Mayor Tom Andes researched what technological progress had been made that would give the township the assurance that an AED would be there and in good working condition when needed.

Fortunately, the technology had advanced considerably and subsequently Denville has installed AEDs at the Gardner Field Fieldhouse, Veterans Field Fieldhouse, Knuth Field, VFW Field on Ford Rd, Pocono Field and on the exterior of Valleyview School adjacent to the sports fields, Andes said.

The technology has the AEDs in a secure temperature-controlled box with a camera and an automatic 9-1-1 call feature once the box is opened, Andes said.

“Although the township hopes the units will never been needed, if they ever are needed, we have confidence they will be operational,” Andes said.

The township is accepting donations to install additional AEDs at their larger complexes: Gardner Field and Veterans Field.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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