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The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) by Poudre Valley Hospital as part of a special grant program which recycles used but functional equipment.
Automatic External Defibrillators are used to apply an electric current to a heart which is beating irregularly, sporadically or not at all. It is most effective when used within a few minutes of an abnormal heartbeat occurring.
The AEDs were awarded to the Sheriff’s Office Mountain squad which patrols both the Estes Park and Red Feather Lakes areas. The units will be deployed in the on-duty patrol cars in each area. Sergeant Tim Sullivan initiated the grant application. As the Mountain squad supervisor, Sullivan saw an opportunity for his deputies to be able to provide more immediate assistance to citizens in need of this life-saving device.
Sergeant Sullivan said that while the Sheriff’s Office has had AEDs available in its office facilities for some time, “This will be the first time an AED has been deployed on the street by the Sheriff’s Office.”