Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:02 pm
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
Ben Rice is making a life-saving presentation Tuesday night at 6.
The Boy Scout Troop 570 member recently earned two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) by submitting one of five winning videos that explain the importance of AEDs, identify good locations to keep them and suggest why specific organizations or groups should have them.
Rice, the son of Cam and Lee Ann Rice of Union City and a freshman at Union City High School, is completing his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts of America. He is also a junior member of Rives Volunteer Fire Department.
His goal in entering the national contest, sponsored by BSA and Cardiac Science, was to present the life-saving equipment to the church, which sponsors Troop 570, and to Rives Volunteer Fire Department. He plans to work with the church to organize a Cardiac Arrest Response Team (CART) that will provide the first response should a member of the congregation or someone using the facility fall victim to cardiac arrest.
Members of the Rives Volunteer Fire Department are obtaining their First Responder Certification and the donation of the AED will provide the department a critical piece of equipment they could not otherwise afford, a spokesman said.
Rice and other winners were recognized at the 100th anniversary of the BSA during the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
The winner is the grandson of Dick and Lyda Rice and of Richard Boring, all of Union City. He is a member of the UCHS Golden Tornado football team and marching band and is an active member of Union City First United Methodist Church.
The public is invited to attend the celebration at the church Tuesday.
Published in The Messenger 9.23.10