SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is spending a lot of money to keep their citizens safe.
They recently purchased 100 AED heart shocking devices. All Sheriff’s patrol cars and SROs will be equipped with an AED now. All they have to do is open their trunk and grab the life saving device if they find themselves in a medical emergency.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego says it was a big purchase, but they feel it will make a big impact. “Time is definitely the factor, whether it be volunteer or paid medics, definitely takes time for them to get there,” Samaniego explains.
Lt. Denver McCool, on the patrol team, completely agrees. “If we get the call, we are almost always there first because like I said we are already in the neighborhood, we are in your communities already, especially in the rural areas on the south end of the county, we have a head start,” McCool said. “All you have to do is find one of us in a Sheriff uniform and you pretty much found and AED.”
All patrol cars with these life saving devices will have a sticker on the back so if you find yourself having symptoms of a heart attack or someone around you is in cardiac arrest, just know that help is now closer than ever before.