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Crossmaglen’s first Public Access Defibrillator to be dedicated to Molly Fitzpatrick

December 14, 2015

The Crossmaglen and District Community First Responders have revealed  that a Public Access Defibrillator will be unveiled in Crossmaglen in the first week of January 2016. The Public Access Cabinet has been sponsored anonymously by a generous member of the community, and the First Responders group are honoured to announce that it is being dedicated in memory of one of Crossmaglen’s own, Molly Fitzparick (nee Clarke), who passed away recently.

A spokesperson for the Crossmaglen & District Community First Responder group told The Examiner,

“Molly has always been a part of our town and community. Although she moved several decades ago to the heart of Co Down, she always had called Crossmaglen home, always returned to where she belonged, and always followed the Rangers with passion, caring about her town that she called ‘Home’, even thinking about the volunteers towards the end, passing on her support and delight to the Crossmaglen & District First Responders Chairman a few days before she sadly passed away.

“As the saying goes: ‘You can take the girl out of Cross but you can’t take Cross out of the girl’, so Molly will always have a place in our local community!”

A Public Access Defibrillator is an essential piece of life-saving equipment which can only be accessed by secure pin code given by Ambulance Service when 999 is contacted to report a cardiac arrest. It can be used by any member of the community should they come across an arrest.

The devices are simple and safe and give clear spoken instructions so users do not require training to operate one. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and will not deliver a shock unless one is needed.

Medical advice recommends dialling 999 immediately upon coming across someone who is not breathing or is breathing erratically, and beginning CPR straight away. Upon dialling 999, the operator will issue the Pin code for the Public Access Defibrillator. Importantly, people administering CPR alone are advised not to interrupt CPR and to send someone else for the defibrillator if possible.

Speaking to The Examiner about the imminent arrival of the town’s first Public Access Defibrillator, Crossmaglen & District Community First Responder Chairman Damien Martin said he is is proud to see the life-saving device installed in the town.

“Although there are several in local football clubs, schools and churches, this will be accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year should it be needed until the local First Responders arrive,” he said.

“Our First Responder volunteers are delighted to have received the anonymous donation for the cabinet and are honoured to have it dedicated to Molly as she was always a part of her community and will now always continue to be.

“Our aim is to install one of these in all our local villages of Culloville, Cullyhanna, Silverbridge and Creggan/Glassdrumman,” added Damien.

Should anyone wish to donate towards this initiative please contact the Crossmaglen and District First Responders group via Facebook, email@ crossmaglencfr@gmail.com or lodge with any member of the Bank of Ireland Crossmaglen Branch stating Crossmaglen & District First Responders. All donations will go towards the cost of the Defibrillator, and help purchase more for across the District and also help the local First Responder group in the future

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