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Chad Schmit Memorial Beef Classic AED Donations

The non-profit Chad Schmit Memorial Beef Classic has donated two portable Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices to the Wabasha County Fair Board.


One device will be installed permanently in the chalet/Event Center on the Fairgrounds, to be available during the County Fair and for any other events hosted in the facility. 


The other device will be located in the livestock show ring during the Fair. Afterward it will be kept with Wabasha County 4-H staff to be available during 4-H events.


The Plainview News reports the group will offer bystander hands-only CPR training at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15 in the chalet/Event Center at the Wabasha County Fairgrounds in Wabasha.


The free, public event will be held in memory of Chad Schmit, a Plainview native and Wabasha County 4-H member who died due to cardiac complications in 2021. 


A certification card will be issued for everyone who completes the course, which will take about 60 to 90 minutes. Any number of people can attend. Pre-registration is not required.

The course will cover:

- Determining the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest.

- Identifying a cardiac arrest.

- How to administer chest compressions and why rescue breaths are no longer advised.

- Instruction on how to operate an AED.

- And a brief discussion on heart disease/signs of stroke/symptoms and legalities.


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