The Nebraska City Recreation Department added an automated external defibrillator to the concession stand at Legion Field ahead of the state baseball tournament that began Saturday.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Patrick Wehling received the machines from Jeremy and Gabe Sammons on Thursday afternoon.
CHI Health St. Mary’s made sure the machines had current batteries and pads before Wehling put them back into service.
The Sammons raised money throughout the community to purchase the machines after Gabe Sammons needed a heart valve replacement following a bacterial infection when he was in high school.
Gabe Sammons is now one of the coaches for the American Legion Juniors team. He said a recent checkup indicated no problems with his heart.
“The original intent was to send them with traveling teams,” said Jeremy Sammons, who said he brought an AED to his son’s games during high school on the advice of Gabe’s doctor.
Over time, the machines were returned to him and sat unused in his office, he said, before the donation to the Recreation Department.
Donnette Hoyle asked Wehling about AEDs at the ball fields after a spectator at one of her daughter’s softball games fell ill this summer.
Wehling said he will put another AED in the storage area at the softball complex to ensure the machine is available should someone need it during a game or practice.
The third unit will be kept at the Jaycees concession stand at the middle baseball diamond at Steinhart Park, said Wehling.