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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation provides defibrillators for three local schools

Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant announced today that the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $5,100 to Plainfield High School, Woodstock Academy, and Tourtellotte Memorial High School for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The Foundation’s original award of $1,700 to Plainfield High School last fall for the purchase of an AED for use on the sidelines at athletic events and activities inspired the Foundation’s recent AED purchase grants for the other two schools, Merchant said.  “There’s no question that having a cardiac-care device readily available can be critical in life-threatening situations,” he added. “We are pleased to provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing that there is an AED accessible if an emergency should arise.”

Through past donations, Jewett City Savings Bank has also helped Griswold Public Schools, Plainfield Memorial School, and the Plainfield youth football program acquire these life-saving devices.  According to the American Red Cross, quick access to an AED could save the lives of 50,000 people each year from sudden cardiac arrest.

JCSB Defribullator Donation

Plainfield High School (PHS) student athletes and staff members gathered to thank Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (center, rear) for the gift of an Automated External Defibrillator from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation for use at school athletic events. With Merchant are (l to r): Cameron Gonzales (Football); PHS Principal James Worth; Brooke Brouillard (Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track); Zachary Roy (Football); Alexis St. Jean (Indoor/Outdoor Track); Marcus Robinson (Football); and Jan Voland, PHS Athletic Director.