Automated External Defibrillators provide immediate lifesaving treatment when minutes make up the difference between life and death. While medics in urban areas can quickly get to a patient, accessing suburban or rural areas is more challenging. Often times, the Sheriff’s Department reaches a victim before the ambulance. Since I became Sheriff, I have been working to equip all deputy cars with a Defibrillator. By the end of 2012, we had defibrillators in 75 of our cars; now there are over 280. I want every patrol car to be equipped with lifesaving access to this technology. While AEDs are not in the budget, I have been carefully managing the budget to use savings to expand our defibrillators. As Sheriff, I hope to further expand the patrol cars equipped with this lifesaving technology.
Recently, this practice saved the life of one of our own. A deputy had a cardiac emergency after interacting with a drunk driver. The nearby AED provided the emergency aid that saved his life. From deputies to citizens, equipping patrol cars with defibrillators will save countless lives.