Earlier this month, Fairfield Medical Center volunteers presented an automated external defibrillator (AEDs) to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Baltimore Police Department. The portable electronic devices automatically diagnose potentially life-threatening heart rhythms and are able to treat the person through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy, which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Research shows that when someone goes into cardiac arrest, immediate response can save the person’s life and help prevent long-term effects when the person does survive. These life-saving devices are the first to be acquired by both law enforcement agencies. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve our community in this way and hope that more lives are saved as a result of having the AEDs on hand,” said Kim Mason, volunteer council member. “This is a wonderful example of people who offer their time and efforts and the amazing good that comes from that,” Baltimore Police Chief Michael Tussey said. “The Baltimore Police Department and all the residents of Baltimore will be very thankful to know that we have a unit such as this on the streets of our community.” Pictured from left to right are: Volunteer Coordinator Heidi Reed; Volunteers Louise Shumaker, Jean Fannin, Dale Buck, Ron Mauger, Margaret Muckensturm, Neal Rudolph, and Harvey Howdyshell; Deputy Paul Robberts; Lieutenant Alex Lape; Baltimore Police Chief Michael Tussey; and seated Volunteer Kim Mason.
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