FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Parkview Health has donated a batch of defibrillators to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department in an effort to improve the department’s emergency response.
Parkview donated seven automatic external defibrillators to the force. The devices provide an electric shock through a victim’s chest to the heart that can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest, Parkview said.
Parkview officials said a victim’s chance of surviving drops by seven to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored. Defibrillators can improve that.
“As a result of our ongoing partnership with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the growing need for AEDs inside patrol vehicles was recently identified,” said Tom Rhoades, police chief and corporate director of public safety at Parkview Health. “Driven by our mission to improve health and inspire well-being, this donation provides an important resource that allows officers to be better prepared for medical emergencies while they’re serving our community.”
Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux called the donation a “live-saving” one. Deputies will carry the AEDs.
“I have personally witnessed AEDs save lives when used by first responders in the field,” said Gladieux. “In April 2015, an Allen County Officer was able to help save the life of a physician assistant by using an AED he had in his police vehicle. This generous donation from Parkview Health will allow seven more of our officers to carry this life-saving tool.”