"It's important to have the system in schools," said SLES Principal Angela Murphy-Osborne, a Courtleigh Park resident.
"This project started because many children have died for the lack of having a defibrillator near them."
A defibrillator sends an electric shock through the chest wall to restore a normal heart rhythm to someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
Spring Lake Elementary School Principal Angela Murphy-Osborne (far left) requests and receives an automated external defibrillator for the school.
received the device after Murphy-Osborne
called and asked for one.
explained that last year a child with a heart condition began suffering from a rapid heartbeat.
The child's teacher sent her
to the school nurse, who called 911.
"The nurse probably saved her
ended up having to have heart surgery.
That key moment made us realize having a defibrillator could help with the safety of our children."
Murphy-Osborne plans to train all of the school's teachers in the defibrillator's use.
also is educating students about the device.
"If every school had one, it could save a child's life," Murphy-Osborne