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Mountain camp receives AED in wake of SCA victim
LYNCHTOWN- Located 13 miles into the woods on Parmachenee Road, the historic Bosebuck Mountain Camps is nestled on the shores of Aziscohos Lake. Not until recently did many from the area even know the camp existed, unless they happened upon it by snowmobile.
Due to an unfortunate loss of life, Laurieann Milligan of Med-Care Ambulance and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, was able to outfit the camp with a life-saving Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
“We have a public crisis on our hands,” stated Milligan. “If we can get an AED onto a victim within the first five minutes of an event, we increase their survival rate by 95 percent.”
Last fall, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant made a trip to the camp and realized they didn’t have an AED in their possession, he left his with them.
“They’re just so far out, they needed to have some kind of life-saving device on hand,” stated Gallant. “I knew I was going to get in trouble with Laurieann,” laughed Gallant. “But, in the end I’m so glad I left it.”
During the November hunting season, three brothers, Joe, Jim and Dick Connolly were doing some hunting and working on a snowmobile trail, when they decided to head to Bosebuck for some lunch. When they were just five miles from the camps, Joe, who was driving, slumped in his seat. The truck came to a stop and the brothers realized they had to get Joe to Bosebuck.
“We got Joe into the back seat and then made it here as fast as we could,” stated Dick. “We pulled up to the front door and within seconds we had his shirt off and the AED attached.”
With the nearest hospital being more than an hour away, Bosebuck Mountain Camps is the place campers, and other outdoorsmen head to for help.
“That machine must have shocked him a dozen times,” noted Dick. “But, I really think he was gone before we even got here. Nevertheless, it was a blessing to know it was here for an emergency.”
This event prompted Milligan to work with Mike and Wendy at Bosebuck to secure their own AED and to schedule a training for anyone in the area interested in learning more.
In mid-March, game wardens, forestry services, border patrol, and locals attended the training at Bosebuck Mountain Camps, at which, Milligan requested Sheriff Gallant’s presence, since ultimately, it was his actions that prompted the addition of the equipment.
“We have a lot of visitors throughout the year,” stated Wendy. “We’re so far out into the woods and it makes me more at ease knowing we have the equipment to hopefully save a life in the future.”
For more information on AEDs, contact Laurieann Milligan at email@example.com.