Sudden cardiac emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere.
Having Automated External Defibrillator resources - or AEDs - available to the public can save lives.
Mercy Medical Center received a grant to place 22 AEDs in the Williston area and provide training on the devices --- an AED would cost about $5,000 if purchased outright.
Williston Area Recreation Center recieved three of the AEDs --- located in fitness, aquatics and the facilities office.
All of the full time staff and lifeguards were trained on the AEDs.
Facilities Supervisor Mike Amundson says in an area where raising your heart rate is the goal, heart-saving equipment is a necessity.
(Mike Amundson, Williston ARC Facilities Supervisor) "They're important to us because obviously with people increasing their heart rate with fitness and all the excitement in the building, we could end up having some issues, so we just want to be prepared for that if anything ever does happen."
Devices have also been placed at Williston State College, Bethel Lutheran Nursing Center, Upper Missouri Valley Fair Ground, and area truck stops.