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Holiday Marketplace successfully funds AEDs

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Photo by Pat Sunderland The women of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Paonia were among the 30 vendors participating in the Holiday Marketplace at Heritage Hall. Two other craft fairs were held in Hotchkiss the same day, along with a tree lighting ceremony and

North Fork Ambulance (NFA) sponsored a Holiday Marketplace Saturday, Nov. 18, with the proceeds from lunch and a basket drawing going toward the district's automated external defibrillator (AED) project.

The purpose of the project is to increase the chances of survival for people who experience a sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the North Fork Valley. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and an AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during this emergency. There are 20 AEDs in the community requiring updated batteries and defibrillation pads. These AEDs were donated to the North Fork Ambulance after the 2005 Salt Lake Olympics and were placed in ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and public locations throughout the North Fork Valley. A number of local grants have helped boost the project, with around $7,000 donated. The last $2,000 required to place new AEDs in the valley and bring the current AEDs up-to-date was raised at the Holiday Marketplace.

Friends of the North Fork Ambulance served a lunch of homemade chili, homemade pie, and a taco bar with all the fixins. They also put together eight fantastic baskets filled with locally donated goodies. Proceeds from both the lunch and the basket were applied to the AED project.

Photo by Pat Sunderland At the craft fair in Memorial Hall, shoppers leaf through an assortment of books offered by the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society.
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