Andrew Leccese, an Eagle Scout candidate in Glen Ridge’s Troop 855, wants his local school district to be prepared for a day he hopes never happens. Leccese raised funds to purchase bleeding control kits for the Glen Ridge Public School system. He proposed this project to his troop leaders a day before the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 students.
As a volunteer EMT to the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Leccese realized the inherent weakness in responding to a large-scale incidents Emergency medical personnel have to wait outside of the area until police give the all-clear. This is a serious issue for anyone bleeding from a gun wound when time is a critical factor. Equipping personnel with bleeding control kits could save lives. His project also involved training the Glen Ridge school staff in how to use the tools provided in the kits. Each bleeding control kit will have tourniquets, gauze and other necessary supplies to control bleeding. Leccese set up a Go Fund Me page and sold coffee to morning commuters to reach his goal of $4000.
Iryna Carey, captain of the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad, is supporting the project. “Andrew’s Eagle Scout project is timely and progressive. He is providing not only the kits complete with the tools to save a life, but is also coordinating formal instruction on how to use the kits for any life-threatening bleeding emergency. Sometime people are afraid to act, however providing tools and knowledge may give someone the confidence to step in and save a life.”
Leccese plans on supplying the kits to the schools by the end of January 2019. The kits were assembled Saturday by the scouts of Troop 855 at the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad Headquarters, 3 Herman Street Glen Ridge, NJ. The project will be maintained by the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad after the initial supplying of the kits.
Leccese would like to thank Mr. Dirk Phillips, Superintendent of the Glen Ridge Public Schools, the Glen Ridge Board of Education, Iryna Lomaga Carey, Captain of the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad as well as other groups and individuals for their support towards the project.