The Republic newspaper is reporting that as of Feb. 1, all Columbus Indiana Police Department patrol cars will be equiped with new automated, external defribullators.
All law enforcement will be trained properly in how to use these life saving devices.
The City of Columbus purchased these portable units. With the proper training, if they see someone in distress from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Columbus Police will have the ability to potentially save their life.
According to the Heart Rhythm Fundation, Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills more than breast cancer every year killing over 325,000 people.
In July of 2011 Rachel Lapidus, who at the time was a perfectly healthy 19 year old, suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. If the local police were trained, and had the proper equiptment. This 19 year old girl would have had help sooner than 8-9 minutes. Rachel's recovery could take anywhere from 2-10 years, and all because of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Every minute makes a difference because within 3-4 minutes, your brain begins to starve for oxygen. Now local law enforcement will have the ability to make an even bigger difference.
This reporter gives a big thumbs up to the City of Columbus.