Tool helps local fire department save lives

The Lucas Tool rides in the medic and can do automatic perfect CPR on a patient. (WDTN Photo).

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of New Carlisle celebrated a new life-saving tool Tuesday morning.

Last year, the fire department began raising money for a Lucas Tool. The tool rides in the medic and can do automatic perfect CPR on a patient. According to fire chief Steven Trusty, the Lucas Tool allows the department to have fewer people dedicated to running a code, freeing them up for other responsibilities.

The tool costs $13,000. The department and other groups in the city ran several fundraisers to buy the tool. The local Security National Bank matched a $3,500 donation. Tuesday, the bank gave the department a check for more than $8,600 dollars.

The department has had the tool for about a month. It has helped save two lives.

“It’s called the Lucas tool, but as far as our department, it’s called the city tool because the city bought that tool,” Trusty said. “Every person that bought a hotdog, every person that donated to the bank, every person that donated at the church, they have a hand at saving lives in this city.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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