Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Pantridge Trust presents a defibrillator to Maurice Leathem, President of the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch). Also present are Adrian Donaldson, Director of Corporate Services, Lisburn City Council and members of the Royal British Legion Committee.
Alderman Jim Dillon presents a defibrillator to Aisling Owens, Chief Executive of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation alongside Adrian Donaldson, Director of Corporate Services, Lisburn City Council.
ALDERMAN Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Pantridge Trust has presented two defibrillators to the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch) and Lisburn Enterprise Organisation. The Pantridge Trust is committed to ensuring the safety of residents in the Lisburn area by providing defibrillators in the memory of its inventor Professor Frank Pantridge.
Mr Dillon presented the defibrillators to Maurice Leathem, President of the Royal British Legion and Aisling Owens, Chief Executive of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation. Lisburn City Council has a long-standing connection with cardiology, as Professor Pantridge, the world-renowned pioneer of the portable defibrillator and mobile coronary care, was born and lived in Hillsborough.
Presenting the defibrillators, Mr Dillon said: "Established in 2001 the Pantridge Trust is dedicated to ensuring that defibrillators are available in facilities, organisations and businesses throughout the Lisburn area.
"Miniature defibrillators are routinely used thousands of times daily throughout the world, thanks to the outstanding work of Professor Pantridge. These simple to operate devices have saved the lives of millions of people throughout the world in the last 40 years.
"Over the last eight years the Trust has been distributing defibrillators throughout the Lisburn area and I am very pleased to be able to provide one to both the Royal British Legion and Lisburn Enterprise Organisation. I hope that they do not need to be regularly used and in the memory of my dear friend Professor Pantridge I am honoured to ensure they are in place."
Both Maurice Leathem and Aisling Owens thanked Mr Dillon for the defibrillators. In 1990 Professor Partridge, was awarded the honour of Freeman of the Borough by the then Lisburn Borough Council, the highest honour it can bestow, for his contribution to worldwide coronary care. The Council in partnership with the Pantridge Trust erected a bronze statue in his memory at Lagan Valley Island in 2006.