Pepper Pike has received a contribution of a vital new life saving device for use by the Pepper Pike Fire Department's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) squad. The Lucas Device is a portable, battery powered device that attaches to a patient in cardiac arrest and delivers continuous CPR compressions and allows them to simultaneously perform other lifesaving tasks such as placing an advance airway, initiating intra-veinous lines and administering lifesaving cardiac medications.
The Lucas Device will become part of the Fire Department's EMS system that is staffed by Firefighter-Paramedics and that provides advanced medical care, equipment and ambulance transport for the residents of Pepper Pike.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2014, the unit was presented at the City Council meeting by Ahuja Hospital President Susan Juris who presented this gracious gift by Ahuja. The unit is made possible by the generous underwriting of Jim Camella and family. Jim grew up in Pepper Pike and his mother still resides in the city. The operation of the LUCAS was demonstrated by Pepper Pike Fire Lieutenant Gene Martin and Firefighter Mark Bender.