The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) recently announced its annual “Stand Down” event for veterans will be held this year on Friday, Sep. 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at five locations across the state. The closest location to Lyme will be the Easter Seals Veterans Rally Point at 24 Stott Avenue in Norwich. This event provides a one-stop location for Connecticut’s veterans, active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their immediate families to access DVA services and programs from federal agencies, veterans organizations and community-based nonprofits. For more information, go here.
On Monday, Feb. 27, at 1:00 p.m., at the Lymes’ Senior Center, the center will offer a free training session in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which will be led by two local emergency medical technicians (EMTs), Colleen Atkinson and Doug LoPresti. The training session will explain how to recognize when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest and how to use this type of defibrillator. The EMTs will also demonstrate how to use hands-only CPR integrated with the use of an AED while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The program is free and open to the public. To register for the free event, please call the senior center at 860-434-4127.