BSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE LIFE-SAVING DEVICES
Monday, December 17, 2001
Southwest Ranches Park
SW 178 Avenue & SW 54 Street
Knowing that minutes can mean life or death for a heart attack victim, Broward Sheriff's Office deputies in Southwest Ranches will now be equipped to save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim with the assistance of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Broward Sheriff's Office District 8 Command Staff and Southwest Ranches Town Manager John Canada, along with other community leaders, will be present Monday morning when the AEDs are presented to the sergeant and 11 deputies who patrol Southwest Ranches.
AEDs are medical devices used to apply a strong electrical shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. Town Manager Canada recognized that having a defibrillator immediately available to deputies, who are sometimes first responders in critical incidents, would greatly increase one’s chance for survival. The AEDs, which cost about $1,800 a piece, will be stored in each deputy’s vehicle. These medical units are being paid for BSO through grant money.