Meridian High School received a donation Thursday that school officials say has the ability to save lives.
The Meridian Kiwanis Club presented MHS with a defibrillator to keep in the gym.
Kiwanis members say serving children is the club's motto.
"Meridian High School is better prepared, in case an emergency like that does ever happen," said Campbell Helveston of the Kiwanis Club. "We hope they never use it but we take comfort in knowing they are prepared if it is needed."
"Well, it's amazing, especially with basketball and on the court. There have been incidences where kids have fallen out and they've needed that support and you would have to wait for an emergency vehicle to get here," said MHS principal Vicky Hood. "But in that we have one here in the building, we can, if there is a problem, we can get to the student athlete quicker so we really appreciate this donation."
Hood says this defibrillator will also be available for other students as well.