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Whether vying to be named the “Ultimate Fishing Town" or "Hockeyville," trying to land the "Kraft Celebration Tour," or supporting a local group like the "I am Awesome (And I Know it!)” girls' self-esteem retreat, district residents have answered the call when asked to back an online voting campaign.

We are being asked to do so again—this time for the Fort Frances High School Medical Responders, who were selected by a panel of judges as one of five semi-finalists competing for $5,000 through the Tbaytel For Good Community Fund in order to update their equipment and add a defibrillator so they can continue to provide first aid coverage and injury prevention awareness.

Residents can support their effort by going online to www.tbaytelforgood.net/poll/5000-funding/ and casting their vote (individuals can vote multiple times).

Voting opened Monday and runs until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 11, with the top two vote-getters of the five projects receiving funding.

Founded in 2002 by John Beaton with six students and one volunteer instructor, the group now boasts 20 students spanning Grades 9-12 and three volunteer instructors. Three members are attached to each team (one senior and two juniors), who provide initial care in an emergency situation until paramedics arrive on the scene.

They average 100 calls per year—covering everything from sports-related injuries to anxiety attacks and fainting.

Besides being first responders, the group also raises awareness of injury prevention among high school students through such programs as P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol-Related Trauma in Youth) and SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience).

As well, the group serves as a career step. Of the 140 students who have been trained since its inception, some have gone on to become paramedics, nurses, and doctors themselves.

The FFHS Medical Responders play an important role in the community and are worthy of our support. Take the time over the next 12 days to vote for their project and help them secure much-needed funding to keep up their great work.

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