SCCF Hopes to Save Lives with Grant to Starke County EMS

17 Aug SCCF Hopes to Save Lives with Grant to Starke County EMS

SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer presented a check to Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary for a LUCAS CPR device.

A recent Impact Grant to the Starke County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) may save lives. The grant of $14,350 was used to purchase a mechanical device, called a LUCAS CPR device, as well as one year of maintenance for the device. The technology performs non-stop CPR, freeing the EMS responder to treat and transport the patient to the emergency room.

The SCCF Grant Committee members received a demonstration of the device from a company representative. Research supports the efficacy of using the technology, and anecdotal stories support the research; the Committee members learned that the device has been used on a patient for 21 hours, saving the patient’s life and resulting in 99% brain function post-event.

The device will be housed in the Knox Starke County EMS location.

So far this year, the SCCF has awarded more than $315,000 in grants and scholarships, and more than $40,000 has been granted through the SCCF’s Community Support and Impact Grants program.

Recent grants include: Starke County Park Board for Bass Lake Beach improvements, $5,000; North Judson Park Beautification Committee for the band shell at Norwayne Field, $7,970; Yellowstone Trail Festival for programming, $3,900; Psi Iota Xi for the 2018 Young Artists’ Conference, $2,000; Starke County Community Corrections for the Therapeutic Community programming event, $600; North Judson-Wayne Twp. Fire Department for protective gear, $2,674; Habitat for Humanity Starke and Pulaski Counties for programming, $2,000; Knox Winamac Community Health Center for health fair supplies, $1,000; and various grants to Starke County Schools, $2,279.

Area nonprofits interested in a grant should visit or contact Corinne Becknell Lucas at 574-223-2227.