***FOR THE RECORD: Costa Mesa AYSO Region 120 purchased and installed an automated external defibrillator at the Farm Sports Complex in December. The story “Costa Mesa plays it safe” in Saturday’s edition stated Costa Mesa Pop Warner was the first youth sports organization in the city to purchase an AED.***
Steve Mensinger hopes that the Costa Mesa Pop Warner youth football program never has to use it.
The portable automated external defibrillator the Eagles recently bought comes in a box about the size of a lunch box.
It also has the power to save someone's life.
Costa Mesa Pop Warner bought the device in April, spending around $2,000. Coaches will be trained to use it, although its operation appears simple, with an on-off switch and another button used to administer the shock if a player, parent or coach went into cardiac arrest.
The unit gives audio instructions and also can determine if the shock is actually needed.