AED-Equipped Bike in Service at Berks County Parks
Thanks to the generosity of the Berks Lodge 71 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Run4Sam organization, an automated external defibrillator (AED)-equipped bicycle is now in service in the Berks County Parks system.
Ranger Albert Evans, parks ranger supervisor, said that the FOP donated two Smith & Wesson Perimeter Police Bike packages (including helmets, bags and lights) for parks rangers. One of those is fitted with a special AED donated by the Run4Sam group.
The Run4Sam is a tribute to Samuel Brooklyn Reed, a Schuylkill Valley High School graduate, who was killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver in Pittsburgh during his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. Sam was a cross-country runner who frequented the Union Canal tow path along the Tulpehocken Creek. His mother, Peggy Reed, organized the run, now in its sixth year, in his memory. Previously, the organization provided two AEDs for the rangers’ vehicles.
F.O.P. President Joseph M. Brown, who is also a member of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Board, was instrumental in effecting the bike donation.