STANFORD - Children aren't typically heart-attack victims, but if their heart should fail at school, the chances of survival will soon be given a healthy jolt.
Automated external defibrillators, which shock a failing heart into beating, are planned for placement in all Lincoln County schools after a federal emergency preparedness grant helped fund experts' school visits and identify them as a district safety need.
According to Superintendent Teresa Wallace, the death of a Pulaski County student due to heart failure helped spark the interest in Lincoln County among school board members.
"Mr. [David] Hacker picked up on it and wanted to start that program here," Wallace said.
The board has since formed a special committee to research and purchase the defibrillators. "I think it will benefit the high school and middle school, where they have more sports," she said.