KEYSER - A repeat request, this time in the form of a letter, came before the Mineral County Commission this week asking for certain pieces of medical equipment to be placed on the county chase car.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER -  A repeat request, this time in the form of a letter, came before the Mineral County Commission this week asking for certain pieces of medical equipment to be placed on the county chase car.
Lauren Trenter, part of the medical staff for the chase car, emphasized the importance of having a Lucas device, which gives mechanical CPR to patients, and a McGrath Laryngoscope be made available for the chase car.
At the late September commission meeting, Luke McKenzie, director of emergency management and the 911 center for the county, had said that the medical equipment “would make a difference” in treating a heart attack patient.
Commission president Jerry Whisner said of the devices, “We support the placement of equipment on the chase car,” while he added the price tag for the two pieces of medical apparatuses would be $17,200.
He said, “The commission cannot pay the entire cost,” with hopes that organizations or other sources could help with the cost.
During the previous meeting, Commissioner Roger Leatherman suggested donations be accepted to go toward the purchase of the medical devices.
The conversation of the commissioners following the donation statement centered about the county government accepting donations.
Whisner clarified at the Tuesday meeting that donations can be given and may be mailed to the 911 center.
He also said Valley Medical can accept donations, explaining that Valley Medical Transport staffs and operates the chase car for five days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Whisner said that several ambulances across the county already have a Lucas device for their use, including New Creek, Fountain, Short Gap, and Elk Garden.
He wanted to give words of appreciation for the recent outstanding action by Trenter, when she was responsible for saving the life of a heart attack victim due to the fast response by the chase car and the onboard staff.
Trenter is the medical chief at the Short Gap Volunteer Company.