Librarians Save Lives (Literally)

KDL AED award photoEveryone who works for KDL — more than 300 people — recently underwent hours of training in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine. Just after completing the training, Tammy Schneider, a collection development librarian at our Service Center in Comstock Park, used it to save her 8-year-old son’s life when he started choking during a meal.

The value KDL has already realized from this life-and-death training has earned an award from the nonprofit Employers for Better Health, in memory of Linda A. Anderson, a West Michigan woman who passed away in 2004 after suffering a heart atrial fibrillation at work where there wasn’t access to an AED device.

AED devices are being installed in all 18 KDL branch buildings and the Service Center. We have them, and we know how to use them!




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Written by Morgan J.

Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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2 Responses to “Librarians Save Lives (Literally)”

  1. virginia Says:

    Congratulations KDL on earning the Employees for Better Health Award!

  2. Eva North Says:

    Congratulations to getting a lifesaving device and prayers and condolences to the lady who passed away, albeit ten years ago.