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Pictured on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Troy are, from left, bottom row: Jim Durand (firefighter); Shawn Quimby (safety officer); Lisa Chase (administrative officer); Herling; Raymond; Kyle Crowell (junior firefighter); top, Daniel Nealley (deputy chief); and Dean Spaulding.

Central Maine Power Company (CMP) recently donated four automatic external defibrillator units, or AED units (Lifepack CR, created by Medtronic), to the Somerville, Pownal, Canton and Troy fire departments as part of the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP), the current project to reinforce and upgrade CMP’s transmission system. The towns are four of 75 communities within the MPRP project area.

When a patient stops breathing or worse, his or her heart stops beating, AED units are essential in restarting the heart.

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In Troy, Fire Chief Larry Raymond stated that the donation of the AED unit was ‘a surprise’ but ‘greatly appreciated’ since it helped his department remain compliant with federal laws.

“By next year, all new trucks will need to have an AED,” Raymond said. “We work really hard on training and keeping current. We’ve been able to modernize our fire apparatus and keep our 15 volunteers trained for various emergencies. Having the AED will be a big help.”

Doug Herling, Executive Sponsor of the MPRP and Vice President of Special Projects for CMP, said that he and CMP were proud to help a neighboring community protect its citizens.

“The 15 volunteers of Troy should be honored and commended for their service, and we (CMP) hope that, with this donation, we can assist them in protecting the citizens of this great town.”

from the CMP website/