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Grant from Firehouse Subs brings 20 life saving devices to Douglas County students

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A gift of twenty life-saving devices will keep Douglas County students safer as they begin the new school year. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors donated 20 life support devices to the Douglas County School System.

Douglas County School System Health Coordinator Nancy McCready presented one of the AEDs to Bright Star Elementary School Principal Heather Fields to ensure that the device is available when a rescue is required. The AED donation is designed to ensure that schools are prepared to provide life-saving assistance on the scene if a student goes into cardiac arrest.

“Having these devices readily available can save lives,” explained McCready. “This device is a tremendous gift that has the potential to impact every student that we serve.”

The AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are portable, electric devices designed to deliver an electrical shock to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. They have a combined value of up to $26,000.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris and Robin Sorensen.

A portion of purchases at all U.S. Firehouse Subs goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The donation is part of the sandwich chain’s mission of impacting the life-saving capabilities and lives of heroes and their local community. Since the Foundation started, it has granted over $35 million to provide equipment, training, and support to hometown heroes.

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Portia Lake
A fifteen year veteran of radio and television news, Portia Lake is the Director of Public Information for the Douglas County School System. As Spokesperson for Douglas County Schools, she finds tremendous joy in sharing important news about the school system and celebrating the success of every student. Portia lives in Douglasville with her husband and twin sons. In her free time, you will find her traveling with family or enjoying her passions for photography and calligraphy.