ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury School Board this week said it would go along with Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti’s quest to have trauma kits installed in all township schools.

The board has yet to formally vote on an approval of Simonetti’s proposal, but it offered preliminary approval at its Feb. 8 meeting. Simonetti and Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford made a presentation to the board about the kits at that meeting.

“We have already raised the money,” said Alford. “We are now in a position to purchase the kits. I think it’s extremely important to have them in the schools.”

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Simonetti brought a sample kit to the meeting and stressed the kits “are not your average first-aid kits.” Instead the kits are designed to help save people suffering from major, life-threatening injuries such as gunshot wounds, eye injuries, broken bones and major cuts. They also include instructional placards that describe how to perform trauma related first-aid, such as applying tourniquets.

“I hope you never have to use this,” said Simonetti. “It’s like the fire extinguisher, an important piece of equipment.”

The chief said Roxbury will be the first school district in the state, and possibly nationwide, to equip all of its schools with trauma kits. Each costs about $250.

Bolstered by recent donations from several Roxbury businesses, the Rotary Club and the Roxbury Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the chief has enough funding to buy kits for every school and, possibly, other places where young people gather, such as the township Recreation Center, he said.

“Certainly, this will be a great addition in every school,” said Roxbury School Board President Ron Lucas. “We will put it on the agenda for the next meeting to approve.“