Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant donates funds for Milton Little League Park AED Machine

June 24, 2013

Milton Little League is proud to have recently added critical lifesaving equipment to the Milton Little League Park. With the assistance of Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, Milton Little League board voted to approve the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, each year more than 300,000 people die in the United States from coronary heart disease, either in the emergency room or before they reach the hospital. Most of these are sudden deaths caused by cardiac arrest, usually because of an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. Statistics show that individuals stand a much better chance of surviving is they undergo defibrillation, a process that restores a normal rhythm to a heart that is beating in an uncoordinated fashion.

AEDs can detect certain life threatening cardiac arrhythmias and then be used to administer an electrical shock that can restore the normal sinus rhythm.

According to the American Heart Association, the average response time to a cardiac event from the moment a call is placed to 911 until the time the emergency response team arrives is approximately ten to twelve minutes. Each minute that emergency care is delayed, reduces the survival rates by 7% to 10%. Survival rates have been shown to increase dramatically with early implantation of CPR and the use of an AED device.

AEDs may be used by any motivated bystander, regardless of training. The overwhelming majority of U.S. jurisdictions afford some type of legal liability protection for AED users. Often, these protections are provided by Good Samaritan statutes. Typically, AED users are protected from liability so long as they act in a reasonable and rational manner. Liability protections generally don’t cover gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

The Board of Milton Little League saw the importance of having an AED machine available to assist in an emergency situation at Milton Little League Park. Mike Newcomb, a multi-year coach with the League and Partner in Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant offered to donate the funds for the purchase. The next step will be to have several key members of the league participate in training on the new machine from the Milton Fire Company.

The hope is that there will never be a need for the machine to be used at Milton Little League, however, in the event of an emergency with a spectator, coach or player, Milton Little League Board has made a crucial step to help save lives.

Shown with the new AED Equipment:

Levi Clifton, Mike Newcomb (Yankees Coach and Irish Eyes Partner), Logan Dominick, Kathy Newcomb (Irish Eyes Partner), Cameron Killian, Colby Dominick, Matthew Newcomb, Brett Townsend, Derek Clifton (Yankees Coach and Little League Board President), Cole Quillen, Morgan Newcomb and Benjamin Clifton