Dover Hospital Honors Fallen Colleague & Helps Save Lives 

Workers at a local hospital in Dover-Foxcroft are using the proceeds from a charity fund raiser to give first responders all over Piscataquis County a tool that will help to save lives.For the folks at the Mayo Regional Hospital the sudden death of their colleague and friend Dennis Allen from a heart attack last year came as a tragic shock.The group used the proceeds from the 1st annual Dennis Allen charity golf tournament to provide these defibulators to communities all over Piscataquis County. Ralph Gabarro, the CEO of the hospital, it’s a good feeling to provide this service to the community. “This is just a very good reinforcement that good things can come when bad things occur,” says Gabarro, “it represents a way to memorialize Dennis Allen who was just an integral part of this hospital since it’s inception.”Nearly $20,000 was raised which was enough to purchase 18 defibrilators. “It’s nice to advance our efforts to combat what is a tough chronic disease not only in Piscataquis County but nationally.”For communities like Brownville this is another option first responders have in their life saving efforts. “I know the fire department and police department are really pleased to be getting these,” says Copeland, “it’s a relief to know you have something like this. You know it’s a comfort.”The folks here say this is another example of neighbor helping neighbor in Maine. “We have to work together,” says Piscataquis County Emergency Management Director Tom Iverson, “the call comes in and people need help and we have to be there. In the end we are working for the county and we do our best to try to assist all the towns the best we can.”According to the Mayo Hospital in cases where defibulation is provided within 5 to 7 minutes the survival rate from a sudden heart attack jumps to nearly 50%.