Carleton Place – On Monday, at his third annual “Canadian Heartland” Golf Tournament, local MP Scott Reid presented Mayor Dennis Staples of Smiths Falls and Mayor John Fenik of Perth with defibrillators, which will be placed in every police cruiser on both municipal police forces.
Reid observed, “Often, the police are the first to arrive at the scene of a cardiac crisis. From now on, every police car in Smiths Falls and Perth will have a defibrillator, which should shave off minutes from emergency response times. For many heart attack victims, this could be the difference between life and death.”
A total of twelve defibrillators were turned over to the two police forces. Smiths Falls has eight police cruisers, and Perth has four police cruisers.
In addition, this year’s golf tournament raised over $20,000. “We had great success this year because of particularly generous corporate sponsors,” Reid said. “I am particularly grateful for the interest that our gold-level sponsors, most notably Hershey’s and Giant Tiger, showed in helping the community. Their sponsorship shows the extent to which they are committed to making our communities better and healthier places to live.”
Reid founded the Canadian Heartland Golf Tournament in 2005 as a way of raising supplemental funds to top up the annual charitable donation he makes, of the substantial pay raise that MPs began receiving in 2001. Canadian Heartland raises funds to improve emergency response times in rural and small-town Ontario. In the past, proceeds have gone towards the purchase of defibrillators for arenas, fire halls and seniors’ centres in several Eastern Ontario counties, and CPR training for area high school students.
For more information or to speak with Mr. Reid
Please call (613) 257-8130 or (613) 947-2277.