FVSU external affairs raises funds for first-responder kits

OEA Campus Police and Safety

Fort Valley State University’s campus police and safety officers will soon have additional resources to help save lives following a fundraising drive within the Division of External Affairs.

Dr. Chanta Haywood, interim vice president of external affairs and executive director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc., recently issued a challenge to her team to assist in securing first responder kits for the department of campus police and safety after learning during a meeting that the officers needed the additional resources. Haywood’s area includes the FVSU Foundation, Inc., marketing and communications, alumni and career services, Title III, development, Public Service Center and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

“Charity starts at home,’ Haywood said. “I believed this would be a very meaningful way for our division to assist and give back to those who put their lives on the lines for us every day.”

She is hopeful that their effort encourages others at Fort Valley State and in the community to find small ways to make big differences wherever they can.

“People tend to think that donating requires large amounts of money,” she said. “It’s doesn’t. Small amounts, when added up, can make a huge impact.”

Haywood’s division raised $389 to purchase 15 first responder kits.

“The kits include items trauma scissors, a tourniquet, bandages and airways that an officer could use for tasks like stopping a victim from bleeding while awaiting for an ambulance,” said FVSU Campus Police and Safety’s chief Kenneth Morgan.

The push for additional training and equipment for FVSU Campus Police and Safety first responders began in February 2016 when, through the support of the president’s office, Morgan acquired more than $2,000.  Following the completion of the training, Morgan noted they also needed first responder jump bags, but the department lacked the funds to purchase them.

“When responding to a campus emergency, every second counts in saving someone’s life,” Morgan said.

“We’re very appreciative for the efforts of the external affairs team. Having these additional resources available will mean a great deal for our campus safety officers. In addition, I would like to thank the FVSU Office of Sports Medicine for also donating gauzes, hydrogen peroxide and other trauma related items for the bags.”

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