Nine area First Responders to receive 39 AEDs

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Tri-State First Responders will be presented with 39 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a ceremony on Wednesday. (Image courtesy MGN Online)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Nine tri-state First Responders will be presented with 39 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a ceremony on Wednesday.

The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the main lobby of the Deaconess Orthopedic & Neuroscience Hospital, located on the Deaconess Gateway Campus.

The recipients of the AEDs are:

  • Evansville Police Department (1 AED)
  • Ft. Branch Police Department (1 AED)
  • Francisco Police Department (1 AED)
  • Gibson County Sheriff Department (3 AEDs)
  • Henderson County First Responders (12 AEDs)
  • Indiana State Police (2 AEDs)
  • Knox County Sheriff Department (5 AEDs)
  • McCutchanville Fire Department (1 AED)
  • Vanderburgh County Sheriff Department – K9 unit (3 AEDs)
  • Warrick County Sheriff Department (10 AEDs)

An AED is a portable device that can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore normal heart rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, which usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.

The AEDs are being donated by HeartSaver.

The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and Deaconess Foundation created the HeartSaver program to reduce sudden death through placement of life-saving AEDs in the Tri-State.

At least eight lives have been saved by using HeartSaver-donated AEDs.

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(This story was originally published on January 29, 2020)

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