Evansville Police Officers and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will be presented 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 16 at 10 AM in the main lobby of the Deaconess Orthopedic & Neuroscience Hospital located on the Deaconess Gateway Campus.
These AEDs are being donated to the Evansville Police Department Foundation by HeartSaver and will be placed in EPD first responder vehicles.
The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and the Deaconess Foundation created the HeartSaver program to reduce sudden death through placement of life-saving AEDs in the Tri-State. To date, the HeartSaver committee has raised enough money to place 235 AEDs in schools, community centers, first responder vehicles, and other large gathering places throughout the region.
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 (SCA). Sudden cardiac arrest usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. Using an AED on a person having SCA may save the person’s life.