The Evansville Police Department and Posey County Sheriff’s Department each received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for police cruisers at a presentation on Thursday.
The presentation was a Firehouse Subs on Green River Road in Evansville.
The devices were donated through the Fraternal Order of Police as part of a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, Deputy Glen Boyster, Evansville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Pugh, and Officer Kevin Corbitt were in attendance.
AEDs are devices that measure heart rhythm and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
With law enforcement officers often first on the scene, especially in rural areas, these devices are becoming more important.
William Owensby, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police President, said that the donation will
help save lives: “Our thanks go out to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for creating
this partnership that will have a direct, positive impact on public safety,” he said. “Simply put,
having AEDs in squad cars saves lives.”
Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005 with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
FOP National President Chuck Canterbury said the $250,000 grant would help get 263 AEDs
into the hands of police across the country: “We’re pleased and proud to establish a partnership
with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation,” he said. “While police and firefighters like to kid
each other, everyone is committed to saving lives and that’s just what this program will do.”
(This story was originally published July 20, 2017)