In conjunction with its purchase of an automated external defibrillator, Abundant Life Fellowship recently sponsored an AED/CPR training session for about a dozen church members.
The training came in response to an emergency in 2010 when Pauline Stevenson, wife of founding pastor Don Stevenson, collapsed during a morning worship service. Several church members responded quickly with CPR until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
John Jones, an EMT with the New Waterford Volunteer Department, was one of the responders that morning and throughout the training credited the initial CPR from church members, for saving Pauline’s life.
Jones said Pauline’s story, which she describes in detail under the Pastors Emeritus page on this website, continues to be one that he uses every time he leads a training. “She’s become a poster child for the value of CPR,” Jones said, noting that in his 11 years with the department, she is the only save. “That’s because CPR was administered quickly,” he reiterated.
The five-hour training included CPR and use of the AED on both adults and children as well as how to treat adult, child and infant choking victims.
Also participating in the training was Ian Chamberlain, a church member who works as a flight nurse. Because of what happened to Pauline, the church is creating its own emergency response team, which Chamberlain is overseeing.
More training sessions will be conducted in the future to prepare as many people as possible how to respond in an emergency.