A defibrillator installed in memory of a long-serving paramedic has already been used, proving what a vital resource the lifesaving devices are to the community.
The defibrillator at the town’s ambulance station was a joint project between Congleton Partnership and Congleton Lions and dedicated to the memory of Clive Heather, who was also a former Congleton Lion.
His wife Ruth and family members were recently joined by representatives from North West Ambulance Service, the Lions, partnership and the town mayor Coun Margaret Gartside at the official unveiling.
Lion David Morris told the Chronicle: “Clive was a member of Congleton Lions for a number of years and during that time he was totally involved in helping the people of Congleton.
“Although Clive was a very dedicated family man and a very busy paramedic with North West Ambulance, he would always be the first to volunteer his help where it was needed.
“For those of us who knew and respected the work that Clive did over the years, he will be greatly missed. He was a person who was dedicated to serving the community in the true spirit of the Lion’s motto ‘We serve’.”
Defibrillators are registered on a central database and 999 operators direct callers to their nearest device in the event of an emergency.
Cathy Dean, of Congleton, Partnership said: “The Congleton Partnership is committed to working with partners to install life-saving defibrillators at strategic points around the town. It really does save lives.”
The Lions and partnership have jointly funded five defibrillators for the town, which are accessible 24/7. They are located on Padgbury Lane, at the Church House Inn, Congleton Library, Congleton Park and the ambulance station.
The Chronicle prints the location of defibrillators in Congleton on the back page each week and a list can be found on the Congleton Town Council website.