HeartSaver has donated 45 brand new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.
An AED is a portable device that can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore normal heart rhythm.
They were handed out during a ceremony at the Orthopedic and Neuroscience Hospital at the Deaconess Gateway campus.
The life-saving tool will be placed in the sheriff’s department vehicles.
Those with HeartSaver say while the donation is important, they still have a long way to go.
“Our goal with HeartSaver is to make sure as many AED’s as are needed in the Tri-State are where they need to be. Because we have a special goal that each first responder vehicle in the Tri-State has an AED, we have what we feel is still a long way to go.”
To date, the HeartSaver Program has placed 307 AEDs in schools, community centers and first responder vehicles in the area.
(This story was originally published on February 19, 2019)