Brown Intermediate Receives AED Donation

On January 24, 2020 representatives from Madison Youth Basketball and Defibtech dropped by Brown Intermediate School to donate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the school.

Brown currently has one AED in the building, but after hearing a story about an AED being put to use at a youth sporting event in a neighboring town recently, Brown Principal Frank Henderson said he wanted to see if he could get another AED for the building.

“Here at Brown we have an AED right near the main office but the gym is all the way down at the other end of the building and when they do various events or youth basketball on the weekends, the building is locked off,” he said.” So even if that AED was needed in the gym, no one could access it or even know where it is.”

Mr. Henderson reached out to a couple of groups including Madison Youth Basketball to see if people would be willing to pitch in money for another AED. Then a local company, Defibtech, stepped up.

“We said people don’t need to donate money we will do this,” said Jassa Cantch of Defibtech and Madison Youth Basketball. “Defibtech is going to donate the AED and Madison Youth Basketball is going to donate the accessories.”   

In addition to the AED, Mike Papale, CEO of In a Heartbeat, said his organization would donate training in CPR and use of the AED to the whole Brown staff.   

Cantch said Defibtech hopes to reach out to more schools in Madison to see if more AEDs should be placed around the district.

“We are just going to meet with people and see what they might need to cover their whole school and we will donate as many as we can,” he said.

Defibtech’s Jassa Cantch, Principal frank Henderson, In a Heartbeat CEO Mike Papale, and Youth Basketball Assoc Mark Steffen

(from Left to Right): Defibtech’s Jassa Cantch, Brown Intermediate School Principal Frank Henderson, In a Heartbeat CEO Mike Papale, and Madison Youth Basketball Association’s Mark Steffen pose with the donated AED.