Students Donate AED

Written by Estero Bay News

February 9, 2023

Erin Brown, Julie Marshall, Caine Marshall (Portola Built Construction), Meghan Calmere, Osie Reyes, Ali Marshall, Mimi Rodriguez (ECHO), Wyatt Marshall (Cuesta EMT), Logan Knuckles (Cuesta EMT), David Kline (Cuesta EMT), Lauren Lepe (Cuesta EMT), Michael Smiley (Public Safety Development Group), Joan Reilly (AEDs for Hearts). Fifiteen other donors were unable to make it.

Students in the Cuesta College EMT program presented the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) with two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The life-saving equipment went to ECHO locations in Paso Robles and Atascadero. The students created this project and raised the funds through their class, friends, and family. 

ECHO ( was established in 2001 and provides comprehensive services to residents facing homelessness. The Public Safety Development Group (, a new local non-profit organization, was excited to provide consultation to the students and facilitate the donation to a great organization like ECHO. AEDs for Hearts (, another locally owned business, was also supported the Cuesta EMT students by providing one AED at a reduced cost then generously offered to match the students by donating a second AED to their project. 

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