Last week, I told you about my little cousin, #70, who collapsed recently during a football game. Matt Nader would be dead right now if his school, Austin Westlake, had not had a defibrillator on the field to shock him back to life.
I also told you that in Lubbock County, Cooper Schools are the most prepared with five automatic external defibrillators. Tonight, an update from Ralls a community of just 2,200 people about 30 miles east of Lubbock.
Ralls ISD bought six AEDs about a year ago to cover the high school, junior high and elementary schools along with the rec campus, the field house and central office. So kudos to Ralls and, listen to this, they've just ordered two more.
"In order to cover all the students, we couldn't decide if we had an out of town game in Crosbyton or one in Lorenzo on the same night, we couldn't send one AED in one direction and not cover the students in the other direction. So we wanted to make sure every student was covered on Ralls campuses," said Bruce K. Harris, Ralls ISD business manager.
Harris says there is grant money out there for defibrillators if schools will check into that.
Another school district we should mention, Idalou ISD emailed us to say they are proud to have four on stand-by for their students in that little community.
Again, Lubbock ISD is waiting on grant money right now that will bring one AED to each junior high and high school.