CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) - A Chippewa County police department now has more tools to save lives while on duty.
Cadott Police officer Daryl Pries said a difficult result to a call he responded to about a year ago, motivated him to take action.
“It was undetermined at the time how long the person was unconscious, not breathing and what the exact situation was. And unfortunately, myself or EMS wasn't able to save the person,” Pries said.
“In a rural community, our fire and EMS departments are staffed by volunteers a lot of times, and they're required to respond from their residences or activities wherever they are in or outside the community. To come back to their department, gear up, then respond to the call, that's precious time that we don't always have.”
To buy two new automated external defibrillators, Pries and the department needed help.
“Daryl had sent us a request form, stating that they needed about $3,000 to provide two AED devices for the area squad cars,” Tarese Dubiel, District Finance Specialist with Marshfield Clinic, said.
A grant from Marshfield clinic gave them that opportunity, to respond sooner and save lives.
“We're dedicated to this community, so it was nice to be able to partner and enhance that for the community,” Dubiel said.
“By having these AED's, that's gonna save us a lot of time in an emergency situation, that would involve a cardiac case,” Pries said.
“It's not about Marshfield Clinic giving us money, or the police department; it's about them giving us something that we can help the community with.”
“The longer the brain and body go without oxygen, the more problems doctors and ems staff are going to encounter in trying to further treat that person once they get that person in an ambulance and to a hospital.”
Pries said if no first responders are present in an emergency, people can still use an AED on someone in need, by turning it on and listening to instructions.
He said his department is trained to use AEDs along with CPR, twice a year.