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First Responders Receive AEDs

Posted: 2/19/2020
HeartSaver, a partnership of Deaconess Foundation and The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, was created to reduce sudden cardiac death through the placement of life-saving AEDs in the Tri-State. To date, community support has provided enough funding to place 420 AEDs in schools, churches, community centers, non-profit organizations, and first responder vehicles.

On January 29, HeartSaver presented 39 AEDs to ten area first responders. The following first responders received AEDs:

• Evansville Police Department
• Ft. Branch Police Department
• Francisco Police Department
• Gibson County Sheriff Office
• Henderson County first responders
• Indiana State Police
• Knox County Sheriff Office
• McCutchanville Fire Department
• Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office – K9 unit
• Warrick County Sheriff Office

Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder said, “As Warrick County Sheriff, I see firsthand the importance of having lifesaving medical equipment in my staff’s hands every week. With the rural nature of Warrick County, ambulatory response times can be pretty significant. The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office is often the first on the
scene of emergency calls. Having automated external defibrillators in Warrick Sheriff’s Office vehicles will saves lives.”

In addition, HeartSaver was awarded a grant from the Knox County Community Foundation to place
five AEDs in Knox County Sheriff Department vehicles. 

To make a gift for life-saving AEDs, click the give button and designate your gift for HeartSaver. 
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