BRAINTREE − Defibrillators for city structures and equipment for the nurse’s place of work at the new South Center Faculty will be donated to the city by a basis begun in memory of a slain member of the board of well being who was a longtime college nurse.
The $15,000 donated to spend for the nurse’s business furnishings and five defibrillators for town and school structures is from the Laurie Melchionda Basis. The city council voted unanimously to settle for them at Tuesday night’s conference.
Melchionda was a nurse at Boston Children’s Medical center for 35 several years and a nurse in the Braintree universities for 25 a long time right before leaving to turn out to be the director of nursing for the Weston educational facilities. She was shot and killed at her Howie Street house in June 2020. The male billed with the crime is a previous neighbor who posed as a supply driver.
“Laurie served our community with terrific pleasure and always experienced the very best pursuits of our pupils, colleagues, family members and mates at coronary heart,” Mayor Charles Kokoros wrote in a memo to the council. “I cannot thank the basis plenty of for this generous donation.”
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Julianna Melchionda, Laurie’s daughter, advised the council her household is overcome with the assist they’ve received.
“This is just the commencing,” she stated of the donation. “It really is an honor to give back to the neighborhood.”
Julianna Melchionda, who is also a nurse, took her mother’s seat on the board of wellness.
Town Council President Meredith Boericke expressed councilors’ gratitude for the donation.
“Thank you for your ongoing services to the local community,” Boericke claimed.
Also at the conference, Braintree fireplace Lt. Fred Viola and a group of Braintree firefighters shown use of a LUCAS product, which stands for Lund University Cardiac Guide Procedure. The unit routinely does chest compressions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Viola claimed it has by now saved lives.
“It helps make our career a very little less complicated, but a lot more importantly, it is extra effective,” stated Viola, the department’s crisis health care coordinator.
For case in point, the equipment can continue on to give reliable compressions while a affected individual is taken to an ambulance, Viola mentioned. The section purchased a person of the products with grant funds, and Brewster Ambulance bought two a lot more so all a few of the department’s entrance-line engines have them, he reported.
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