The McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation gave two two Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to both the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the Carthage Police Department. The machines are viewed as the most effective means of restoring a regular heartbeat. The have an estimated value of $1,200 each.
Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser and Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan graciously accepted the life-saving machines on Thursday at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.
“Our department has utilized CPR on several occasions,” said Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan. “This is an opportunity to go a step further by utilizing the AED to analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and if necessary deliver an electric shock to reestablish an effective heart rhythm.”
In Carthage, one AED will be kept in a squad car, while the other will be housed in the police station. Jasper County, meanwhile, will have an AED in a supervisor’s vehicle and one in the Jasper County Jail, where risk of cardiac arrest is high.
“The Foundation is proud to partner with the Carthage Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff Department in an effort to provide the necessary health intervention, whenever and wherever the emergency presents itself,” said Beth Simmons, McCune-Brooks Foundation director.