PRESENTED DONATION–The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge recently presented an AED to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Pictured at the presentation are: Illinois FOP District #14 Trustee Brian Gimpel, Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing and Monroe County FOP Lodge #145 President James Vogt.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. AEDs are being distributed in the state through the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge.
“You always hope that you don’t need an AED, but you’re sure glad first responders have one when you do,” said Illinois FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “We can’t thank Firehouse Subs enough for their donation that will help these Monroe County law enforcement officers in their mission to serve and protect the public.”
Monroe County was selected to receive the AED because they are a largely rural county where the nearest hospital may be some distance away. The department also had an aging AED that needed replacement.
An AED is a device that measures heart rhythm and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest. With police officers often first on the scene, especially in rural areas, these devices are becoming more and more important.
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