Attendees or participants at Tri-Town Raider youth football games henceforth can have a greater sense of security in knowing that should a health emergency strike, help will be closer at hand, thanks to the donation by Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point of a potentially life-saving Automated External Defibrillator.
The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac problems and is able to treat them through defibrillation that stops arrhythmia and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
The donation of $1,500 to purchase the device came about when Dave Ozsust (standing, second from left), a St. John police officer and Raiders coach, contacted Rob Dowling (center), Franciscan St. Anthony Health Emergency Medical Services Academy director, seeking advice on how to obtain such a device. Dowling subsequently contacted David Ruskowski, hospital president (second from right), who agreed to the fund the purchase.
“You perform a great service to area children through your program and we are proud to help to be able to be to provide a life-saving piece of assistance,” Ruskowski told team representatives, who thanked him for the gesture.
Also shown are coach Ricardo Guerrero (left) and Raiders president Tim Arvanitis (right), a Schererville police officer, who was instrumental in organizing the Schererville-based organization, beginning in 1991. The group, which also includes cheerleaders, has grown to more than 200 participants, who range in age from 5 to 14. Shown in the front row (from left) are Ricardo Guerrero Jr., Megan Ozsust and Brandon Ozsust.