Coon Rapids receives donation from church, restaurant

A Coon Rapids church and restaurant have each made a donation to the Coon Rapids Fire Department.

Checks from Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church and Texas Roadhouse restaurant were made to Mayor Tim Howe and Coon Rapids Fire Chief John Piper at the Aug. 21 Coon Rapids City Council meeting.

Revs. Ronn Johnson, senior pastor, and Mark Bownik, senior associate pastor, presented Piper with a check for $14,507.80.

With the money the fire department will purchase a Lucas 2 Chest Compression System.

“One of the missions of our church is to connect with the community,” said Bownik.

“We asked the fire department how we might help and the chief mentioned the chest compressions system.”

According to Piper, the department currently has two Lucas chest compressions systems, which are carried in rescue vehicles at stations 1 and 3.

The new chest compression system will be placed in a rescue vehicle at Fire Station 2, Piper said.

“This has been the only station without access to this life saving device,” he said.

Piper thanked the church on behalf of the fire department for providing the money to purchase the device, which has a record of saving lives in cardiac arrest incidents, he said.

According to Piper, the Lucas system is a perfect CPR device, offering consistency.

One of the Lucas systems that the fire department currently has helped save the life earlier this year of a Coon Rapids woman who had gone into cardiac arrest, Piper said.

With this purchase, there would be no delay in waiting for a second rescue truck to provide this equipment when time is critical to a patient’s survival, he said.

The Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church was formed in 1953 and moved to its current building at Main Street and Coon Creek Boulevard in 2000.

Piper and Howe were also presented with a check of $289 by Theresa Parthum, marketing manager for the Coon Rapids Texas Roadhouse.

The money has been specifically earmarked by the fire department for the purchase of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for residents of Coon Rapids.

It is important that residents have working smoke detectors in their home, Piper said.

When the fire department finds homes that do not have working smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, firefighters install them free of charge, he said.

“The city would like to thank Texas Roadhouse for its generous donation and participation in the community,” Piper said.

Residents who need smoke/carbon monoxide detectors in their home can call the fire department at 763-767-6429.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]