Belington VFD presented Broaddus Hospital representatives with a Certificate of Gratitude for the AED recently donated to the department. Pictured are (left to right): Dana Gould, Broaddus CEO; Thairon Holler, Lieutenant/EMT-B; Lesa Corley, RN, Broaddus Director of Nursing; Bernie Corley, Firefighter First Class; and, Dave Strait, RN, Broaddus emergency Department Manager.

Davis Health System Foundation donates AED to Belington Volunteer Fire Department

Belington, WV — In a heartwarming display of community support, the Davis Health System Foundation and Broaddus Hospital generously donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Belington Volunteer Fire Department.

An AED is a portable device that delivers an electric shock to the heart in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, potentially saving the life of a victim by restoring normal heart rhythm. With the timely intervention of an AED, the chances of survival for someone experiencing cardiac arrest increase significantly.

Volunteer firefighters are often the first to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, and having access to an AED can make a lifesaving difference.

“We are incredibly grateful to our friends at Broaddus Hospital and the DHS Foundation for their generous donation,” said Bernie Corley, Firefighter First Class with the Belington VFD. “An AED enhances our ability to provide critical care to those experiencing cardiac emergencies.”

Corley and Thairon Holler, Lieutenant/EMT-B, presented a Certificate of Gratitude to Broaddus Hospital in appreciation of the donation.

The DHS Foundation and Broaddus Hospital have a long-standing commitment to supporting initiatives that promote health and safety in the Barbour County community. In 2023, they partnered with the Barbour County Commission to purchase the fire department’s first AED device.

“Community partnerships to foster safer and healthier communities is part of our mission,” said DHS Foundation Executive Director, Mike Bell. “Together, we can ensure that our communities remain prepared to respond to emergencies effectively.”

For more information about the DHS Foundation and their initiatives, visit

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