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A heart-starting effort

Lacrosse, one of many sports looking to be equipped with AED units.

Lacrosse, one of many sports looking to be equipped with AED units. Photo by John McIntyre.

— Bach said that the incidence of a ball or other object like a hockey puck striking an athlete in the chest and being fatal is said to be rare, though it’s more prevalent in sports such as hockey, baseball and lacrosse. He feels equipping coaches with the AED units is something that should be done.

Youth lacrosse teams often travel for games, and Bach would like to have a unit in “every one of the coach’s bags.” Bach and the group are looking to equip all five of their lacrosse team’s coaches with a unit and necessary training. Thanks to the memorial fund, one unit has been purchased in part with a donation of $500.

“Our kids and the kids in the community will be better protected. There’s nothing that can save you from commotio cordis … the highest probability of saving you is AED unit,” said Bach.

Commotio cordis is a disruption of the heart's rhythm caused by an object’s impact near the heart. An AED unit is capable of resetting the heart’s rhythm after impact, though it may not work in all cases.

A recent golf tournament in Lowville in honor of Larry Virkler raised $13,000 for the memorial fund.

For more information on the fund visit Facebook and search Larry Virkler Memorial Fund.

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