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Local Law Enforcement Equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)

Posted on 9/27/2012

Ken Reed with the local police department.
In order, Ken Reed, Jeremy Monroe, Michael Erb, Scott Bommersbach, Justin Maus, Josh Siegler, Matt Lunde
Six members of local law enforcement were equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) after completing CPR/AED training offered by the Rugby EMS, a service of the Heart of America Medical Center. The devices were purchased with grant funds obtained by Rugby EMS from the North Dakota Division of EMS & Trauma, EMS Funding Area Grant Program. In addition to the AEDs, the officers were issued first aid equipment and personal medical kits.

Sudden Cardiac Death strikes more than 600,000 people in the United States each year and the survival rate is less than 5%. Medical research has proven that the prompt initiation of CPR and the delivery of an electrical shock within the first 4-6 minutes after the heart stops can raise the survival rate above 50%. Local Police officers and Sheriff's deputies, who are on patrol 24 hours a day, can often reach the scene of a medical emergency in minutes and are in a unique position to provide bleeding control, CPR and to deliver electrical shocks using an AED before an ambulance crew can arrive.

The training was conducted by Jennifer Reed, Education Coordinator for the Rugby EMS. The officers and deputies reviewed and practiced CPR techniques for adults and children, trained with the new AED devices and reviewed the management of bleeding. At the completion of the training, each participant was issued an AED device and first aid kit for their patrol vehicle. Ken Reed, Director of EMS stated "this is money well spent if just one person in Rugby or Piece County can survive a sudden cardiac death event".

The law enforcement members who completed the training were; Sheriff Matt Lunde, Deputy Michael Erb , Deputy Josh Siegler - Pierce County Sheriff's office, Sergeant Justin Maus, Officer Scott Bommersbach, Officer Jeremy Monroe - Rugby Police Department.

The program is medically supervised by Dr. Jeffrey Vaagen at the Heart of American Medical Center. Dr. Vaagen serves as the EMS Medical Director for Rugby EMS and many of the regional ambulance services.

For further information, contact Ken Reed, Director of EMS at 701-776-5261

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