Posted by Bob Johnson Jr.
 On Tuesday, 3/19/2024, the Rotary club of Burton-Middlefield (BMR) finished their 2023/2024 District matching grant project with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.  The project consisted of the purchase of two new AED devices that are carried in sheriff’s cruisers and used by their first responders at the scenes of accidents or medical emergencies.  The devices were similiar to the dozens of units that BMR purchased in 2005 with funds from their “Victorian Potting Shed” project that raised $60,000 at the time.  AEDs were installed in all sheriff’s vehicles and other law enforcement cars at this time.  Over the years some of these units have worn out and become inoperable so BMR revisited the situation and decided to purchase two new units through funds from a matching grant they received from the grants committee of Rotary District 6630.  The District matches funds dollar for dollar with money earned by the various Rotary clubs.  Criteria for receiving a grant is that Rotary members have to take an active part in the grant so Rotarians Brian Brockway and Kathy Vatty set up and worked one of the training sessions put on by sheriff’s office staff and deputies.  Thanks also to Carole Cashion, another Rotarian, who wrote and submitted the grant for BMR.