Police receive donation of life-saving medical equipment

Local police departments will be doing more than just offering protection thanks to a donation of life-saving devices for police cruisers.

This morning Heartreach Michiana gave out 69 Automated External Defibrillators, or A.E.Ds, to local police departments like St. Joseph County Police.

The devices give directions on what to do if a person passes out. Most importantly, the A.E.D evaluates the vital signs, and guides the administrator on what to do even if the person does not actually need the shock.

An estimated 95-percent of cardiac arrest victims die before they reach the hospital. Heartreach Michiana was founded specifically to raise money for A.E.Ds needed in the area.

“We are aware of at least six people that have been directly saved by these devices that have arrived at the hospital, I was just speaking the St. Joseph County spokesman that has seen several that aren't even reported to us. We know they have impacted many people's lives,” says Dr. Walter Halloran of Elkhart General Hospital.

The device does self-tests every day, and then alerts the provider if the battery is dead, or if the pads are too cold to function properly.

The group has handed out a total of 365 A.E.Ds over the past eight years, the money for which they raised through private donations.

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