The Rotary Club of Denver/Lake Norman led a project to raise enough money to place a portable defibrillator device (SAED) in as many law enforcement cars on patrol in Lincoln County as we could in 2005.
The reason for this effort was simply to save lives. When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, quick action can mean the difference between life and death. Generally, the first emergency vehicle on the scene when someone experiences cardiac arrest will be a patrol car. Since seconds count in such a scenario, the patrolman needs the tools to provide instant assistance. The amount of time between the projected arrival of a patrol car and the EMS crew increases the more rural an area is, or the more congested the roads are.
We succeeded in supplying 15 SAED devices for use by the Lincoln County Sherriff’s Department.