The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has become the first tribe in Minnesota to receive “Heart Safe Community” designation from the American Heart Association.
According to Emergency Management Coordinator Monte Fronk, who is also an American Heart Association certified CPR and Basic First Aid instructor, credit for the award goes to Tribal Police leaders
who have promoted training in CPR and the use of automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) to respond to cardiac events and save lives.
“In her emphasis on community policing and emergency preparedness, interim Police Chief Sara Rice has shown leadership by offering this life-saving class for community members in all districts and the Urban area,” said Monte.
Because of her support and the number of CPR classes Monte has taught, the Band was recognized as a Heart Safe Community.
Most Mille Lacs Band facilities have AEDs, and Tribal Police, Tribal Conservation Officers, and Tribal Emergency Management carry AEDs in their vehicles.
If you are in need of a CPR/AED class or Basic First Aid call Monte at Tribal Police at 320-532-3430.