Days after a man went into sudden cardiac arrest at the Maple Leaf Parade and was saved by an automated external defibrillator, Oktoberfest officials are getting the machine to keep on-hand.
The AED was donated through the 95.7 The Rock's Rock Foundation and was bought through the 7-Rivers Chapter of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.
Warren Thomas, assistant chief in the La Crosse Fire Department, will provide training to Oktoberfest staff interested in learning how to use the device.
"Knowing how many many people pass through the doors of Oktoberfest La Crosse over the course of a year, we thought it important that a defibrillator be kept on the grounds and that staff become properly trained on its use," radio foundation officials said in a statement. "It is our hope that this equipment is never needed, but feel it is important to donate as part of our investment to the people of this community.