Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, August 18, 2008

Letter thanking Carl Lindner for $15,000 AED’s

Following is the letter Health Commissioner Donna Laake sent to Carl Lindner thanking him for the $15,000 he donated for the purchase of lifesaving AED’s. We thank him, too, for caring so much about our health and safety.

August 7, 2008

Dear Mr. Lindner:

Last year, you provided the Norwood Health Department with a generous check for $15,000 to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for use throughout city offices. Medtronic, the make of this equipment, was having some difficulty getting approval from the FDA for the new models of machines for use by the general public. After a year of conversations with Medtronic, I was offered the medical models of AED equipment for the same price of the lower grade machines. Needless to say, after conversations with the Norwood Fire Department, we jumped at the chance for the better equipment, saving over 50% of the higher quality models.

I showed you the new equipment at the “Norwood Day Parade” and wanted to let you know that the equipment has already been placed at the Waterworks Pool facility, Norwood Health Department and in the two nurses’ cars. They will be placed shortly in the Norwood Community/Senior Center, Norwood Public Works and at City Hall as soon as employees complete training on the new AED equipment. Captain Chuck Fischer of the Norwood Fire Department will help us complete that training.

I wanted to let you know of our progress in getting this equipment out where it can save lives. Your generosity is legendary in Norwood, and I truly appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for our town. God bless you.


Donna M. Laake, RN
Health Commissioner

cc: Norwood City Council