LA CROSSE, WI (WEAU)--Seven more sheriff deputies in La Crosse will now have the ability to save your life, if you have a heart attack. That’s because automated external defibrillators, or AEDs have been installed in more squad cars.
"Earlier this fall, I personally had a situation where I was within two miles of a possible cardiac arrest call and because of the shift and the time that I was working, I didn’t have an AED in that car," said La Crosse County Sheriff Deputy Daren Schieldt.
Thankfully, Deputy Schieldt didn’t need the AED and the person recovered. Since then, he’s been working to raise money with the Seven Rivers Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) to get every squad car equipped with an AED.
"The sooner the AED is applied, the more likely it is to successfully work to shock that person out of the abnormal rhythm," said Franciscan Skemp CPR and AED Trainer Marlis O'Brien.
O’Brien says with every minute that passes, the likelihood that you’re able to save someone with abnormal rhythm diminishes about 10%.
“I hope all of the sheriff patrol cars eventually have one available ‘cause you never know when it’s you or someone you love going down the road and they could very possibly be the first people there to help," O'Brien said.
Schieldt says the AEDs cost between $1,200 to $1,5000, which means the SCAA will continue it’s fundraising efforts until it reaches its goal.
“Ideally, having 18 AEDs in our marked patrol units and our patrol boat would be great," Schieldt said.
The SCAA is holding an AED fundraiser on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. at the Ridge Restaurant on Highway 33 in St. Joseph's Ridge. Tickets to see the band, “Cody” are $10.