Police Department Receives Defibrillators

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded the Ridgefield Police Department a grant for 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to have in police cars and city buildings. An AED is a sophisticated but easy to use medical device designed to help someone who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

In 2017, a student at nearby La Center High School, located in Clark County, began experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The local fire department and police department were present at the high school for an unrelated event. Both had functioning AEDs and were able to save the life of the student before additional emergency personnel arrived. Had the police and fire departments not had AEDs, the outcome could have been tragically different.

Since the incident, the City of Ridgefield has made equipping the police department and City facilities with AEDs a priority. In 2017, the department received 10 call requests for AEDs. At the time, the department had only one AED and was not able to provide assistance at all of the calls. The acquisition of the additional AEDs will allow the department to quickly and efficiently respond to all AED related calls, as every patrol car will be equipped with one.

The 15 AEDs provided by the generous grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will help the Ridgefield Police Department better serve the community. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew we could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born, with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $365,000 in Washington.

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