Sheriff Dept. receives 7 more AEDs for squad cars

By: Martha Boehm Email
By: Martha Boehm Email

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.


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  • by Anon Location: EC on Mar 19, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    Now all the cops need to do is actually RESPOND to medical calls rather than ignoring them. My brother dropped a loaded trailer tongue on his leg. With the sound of ambulance and fire truck sirens coming closer and closer, the cop drove right by and never stopped.
  • by anon Location: wi on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    In the event of cardiac arrest caused by v-fib, the most important first step is CPR IMMEDIATELY. Now that the AHA has gone to compressions only, anyone can learn CPR thus keeping the patient alive until help arrives with an AED. If that first shock is not given in under 8 minutes, chance of survival is nearly nil.
  • by anon Location: wi on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    In the event of cardiac arrest caused by v-fib, the most important first step is CPR IMMEDIATELY. Now that the AHA has gone to compressions only, anyone can learn CPR thus keeping the patient alive until help arrives with an AED. If that first shock is not given in under 8 minutes, chance of survival is nearly nil.
  • by EMS worker on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    I hope they have a program to replace the batteries and pads at least once a year. One problem that's starting to show up in depts that have had defibs for a while are old pads that are dried out and batteries that die in the middle of use...all due to a poor maintenance program.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    I would think that there would be some sort of funding from either the state (Not getting political) or from FEMA for any and all Law Enforcement vehicles, Fire Department vehicles, and EMS vehicles to be covered... Yeah, it'd be somewhat expensive, but it would also save quite a few lives. It's needed.
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