Sher­iff’s depart­ment re­ceives $1K to help pur­chase a de­fib­ril­la­tor

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

A $1,000 grant was re­cently awarded to the Hemp­stead County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment to help pur­chase an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor for emer­gency heart treat­ment.

The grant for the de­fib­ril­la­tor was awarded by the Blue and You Foun­da­tion es­tab­lished by the Ar­kan­sas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Sher­iff James Sin­gle­ton said.

“The AED will be as­signed to one of the deputies to carry in their ve­hi­cle. The sher­iff’s of­fice cur­rently has eight AEDs as­signed to deputies on pa­trol who are trained to use them in case of a car­diac event. Our goal is to have one in every deputy’s ve­hi­cle, the com­mand post, our dive team trailer, and our search-and-res­cue Humvee,”

Sin­gle­ton said.

Each de­fib­ril­la­tor costs about $1,300.

A de­fib­ril­la­tor is a light­weight, por­ta­ble de­vice that de­liv­ers an elec­tric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an ir­reg­u­lar heart rhythm and al­low a nor­mal rhythm to re­sume fol­low­ing sud­den car­diac ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to the Ar­kan­sas Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I would like to thank the Blue and You Foun­da­tion for its com­mit­ment to as­sist law en­force­ment and first re­spon­ders. This piece of life­sav­ing equip­ment will al­low our deputies to ren­der aid when they ar­rive on a car­diac emer­gency,” Sin­gle­ton said.

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