Eagle Scout brings ‘Stop the Bleed’ training to Farmington High

It’s not every day that a senior provides safety training to the staff at his high school, but Matt Dresden, a senior at Farmington High School (FHS), recently did just that.

Matt Dresden
Matt Dresden is pictured with one the “Stop the Bleed” kits created for FHS. (Contributed)

For his Boy Scout Eagle Project, Matt decided that he wanted to do something related to first aid.

“During the 2018 Light Up the Grand parade, I was talking to Farmington Hills Councilman Richard Lerner about possible Eagle Scout projects,” Matt recalled. “He said that the schools were looking into stop the bleed kits. I did some research on them and knew that I wanted to build these kits for FHS.”

“Stop the Bleed” is a national grassroots awareness campaign geared toward training and equipping individuals to assist in a bleeding emergency prior to the arrival of professional help.

Matt reached out to local businesses and residents for financial support and enlisted the help of four Farmington Public Safety Department officers and a fellow student who had taken the “Stop the Bleed” training class. Several PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and community members also helped.

Stop the Bleed Kits
Matt and his team created 85 “Stop the Bleed” kits for FHS. (Contributed)

Matt and his team trained 75 teachers and staff. Each classroom and a few common areas at FHS received a “Stop the Bleed” kit.

“More than 100 hours of work, $1,500, and help from my fellow Boy Scouts, parents, and Farmington Public Safety Officers, we built 85 kits. I’m very proud of this project and happy that I could contribute to my school,” Matt said.

Stop the Bleed Team
Matt Dresden led a team that assembled Stop The Bleed Kits. (Contributed)

“Farmington High School is honored that Matt chose to focus his Eagle Scout project on the safety and well-being of his fellow students and our FHS staff,” said principal Thomas Shelton.  “We are grateful for the ‘Stop the Bleed’ training and supplies provided by the project. One of the great things about this project is that it is sustainable; FHS students will benefit from this project for years to come.”