The Spirit of Blue Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting law enforcement safety by fulfilling equipment and training needs, has announced it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the New Middletown Police Department in Ohio. The grant is for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which will be placed inside a patrol car and available to on duty officers at all times. The grant is valued at $1,609.00.

According to Tactical Wire, the New Middletown Police Department has nine police officers who serve the local town, three of which are over the age of 50.

“The immediate availability of having the AED in the patrol unit is critical in the event an officer suffers a heart attack during training, or a police incident,” stated Chief Vincent D’Egidio of the New Middletown Police Department. “The AED dramatically increases the survival opportunity for the officer in need.”

As Tactical Wire reports, the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED is a medical device which provides audio coached AED and CPR guidance during resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The AED includes paddles for adults and children/infants, and it will be available for medical calls throughout New Middletown.

“We talk about officer safety in terms of being able to go home safely at the end of each shift,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue. “But, when you have officers who have been working the road for 20-30 years, you need to consider a safe end to their careers as well. If that means ensuring an AED is available, then we are more than happy to provide it.”

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