CHESTERFIELD — The Jefferson Rescue Squad donated two automatic external defibrillators to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
Rescue squad Capt. Doug Rorie presented the AEDs to Deputy Scott Griffin and 1st Sgt, Garry Munn, who regularly patrol the Jefferson area. Rorie also demonstrated how to use the devices.
The two deputies will keep the AEDs, portable devices capable of detecting and treating life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia, in their vehicles in case of a medical emergency.
“We’re just extremely grateful to Jefferson Rescue Squad for their generosity,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. “Those two units will be in the Jefferson area. We hope we don’t ever have to use them, but we’re very glad we could have them in our cars in case we do need them.”
Brooks said he hopes to have the lifesaving devices readily available to all of his deputies throughout Chesterfield County.
“We’re looking into some grant possibilities and a few other avenues,” Brooks said. “What we’d eventually like to do is have one in every at least supervisor’s car so there will be one on each shift scattered throughout the county.”
Brooks said deputies sometimes arrive on the scene of an emergency call before emergency medical technicians. The new AEDs will enable deputies to assist cardiac patients without having to wait for an ambulance.
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