Freeport Fire Department Receives Donation To Help Increase Survival Rate Of Cardiac Arrest Patients

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Noon Kiwanis Club recently donated $2,000.00 to the Freeport Fire Department for its LUCAS devices. A LUCAS device is a mechanical compression unit that greatly increases the survival rate of a cardiac arrest patient. The Fire Department has already secured two LUCAS devices through generous donations from the public; the final goal is for Freeport to have four devices.

Kurt Koester, Chairman of the Freeport Noon Kiwanis Club Community Services Committee, explains, “Several years ago our Club was looking for a large fundraising project. For eight years on Father’s Day and Christmas we sold glassware depicting breweries that once existed in Freeport. Over the eight years we were able to raise quite a bit of money for the Club. The Kiwanis Board of Directors made the decision early on that the money raised would stay in a separate account and only be used for causes that impacted the community in a big way. When this opportunity to help the Fire Department came to us we knew this was a project we wanted to get behind. If this LUCAS unit saves just one life we have done what we are supposed to do as Kiwanians.”

“This wonderful donation from Freeport Kiwanis gets the Freeport Fire Department very close to being able to purchase the third of four LUCAS units they need for the health and safety of all Freeport area residents,” said Freeport Community Foundation Executive Director Michelle DeHaven. “We hope the spirit of the season, inspired by the generosity of Freeport Kiwanis, will inspire others to donate to this very worthwhile cause, enabling Freeport Fire to very quickly raise the remaining $15,000 they need to purchase the fourth and final LUCAS unit.”

Donations can be made through Freeport Community Foundation, 524 W. Stephenson Suite 102, Freeport, IL 61032. Please make any checks payable to the Freeport Community Foundation and specify that the donation is to be used for the purchase of LUCAS devices.

The Freeport Kiwanis Club is a service club established in 1919 dedicated to serving the children of the world and the needs of the Freeport community. The Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Beltline Café in Freeport. For more information contact 235-9157.

Freeport Community Foundation has a 45-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders who are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs. During that time, the FCF has awarded over $3.3 million in grant funding to non-profit organizations and projects throughout northwest Illinois. For additional information or to schedule a media opportunity, please contact the FCF at either (815) 801-3035 or via email at

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