Port Lincoln St John volunteer provides defibrillator

HANDOVER: Tyrene Gardiner presents the new defibrillator to Drakes Port Lincoln store manager Chad Smalbil.
HANDOVER: Tyrene Gardiner presents the new defibrillator to Drakes Port Lincoln store manager Chad Smalbil.

A young St John Ambulance volunteer in Port Lincoln has successfully fundraised for a new defibrillator which will be located at Drakes Port Lincoln.

Tyrene Gardiner had been fundraising for a defibrillator since late last year and had originally planned to place it in Woolworths Port Lincoln until the supermarket received its own defibrillator as part of a national rollout within the chain.

After raising about $1045 Tyrene searched for a new location for a defibrillator when he decided to approach Drakes about placing it in the store.

Tyrene said the placement made sense as there was a need for a defibrillator in that area, which had a lot of foot traffic with the supermarket and the nearby chemist and clinic.

He said the new defibrillator which would be available to potentially save lives.

"I feel pretty proud of what I've done," he said.

Drakes Port Lincoln store manager Chad Smalbil said the store was very grateful that Tyrene considered the store for the new defibrillator.

"He's done a lot of hard work to do it and he should be proud of what he's done," he said.

"We're certainly very honoured to be considered."

Mr Smalbil said the defibrillator would be located by the service desk and would be ready to use in case it was needed.

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