Estes Park Golf Course Receives Life-Saving Donation
During this past Memorial Day holiday, the Estes Park Golf Course was the recipient of a portable AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) from the Jeffrey R. Bowman Memorial Fund. The compact, two pound life-saving device was donated by the memorial fund in honor of Jeffrey Bowman, who died in August of 2007 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a high school football practice in Montana. Jeffrey, 17 when he died, is buried at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens near his grandfather and uncle. He was the son of Bob and Troy Bowman of Denver, Colorado; and the grandson of Jim and Joan Bowman, residents of Estes Park from 1980 until 1996.
“Estes Park is very close to our hearts,” said Bob Bowman, who presented the defibrillator to Dale Berg, the Pro-Shop Manager, on Memorial Day. This golf course has been the site of the “Annual Bowman Memorial Day Open” for many years, and we wanted to do something special for them to honor the 25th anniversary of our golf tournament, as well as honor our son’s memory.” Adding, “Our mission is to raise awareness about the need for immediate response in the event of a cardiac arrest, and to raise dollars in order to donate them to schools and organizations that need them.
This portable device costs approximately $1,100.00; and we are very thankful for the generous donations from family and friends who made this possible. We would also like to thank AED Everywhere (the company that provided the defibrillator) for their support.”
According to Berg and Mark Miller, Head Professional at the golf course, the portable defibrillator will be made available as needed to the recreation district, as well as the high school for athletic events.
“This defibrillator is light and compact and can fit into the ranger carts and athletic bags very easily,” stated Berg. “We hope that we never need to use it, but we are very grateful to have it available.”