On Friday, July 10, Good Samaritan Foundation presented 16 AED devices
to Vincennes local law enforcement. The AED’s were presented to
representatives from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Vincennes
Police Department and Vincennes University Police Department.
AED’s, Automated External Defibrillators, are used to help persons
experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The medical device can analyze the
heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or
defibrillation, to help re-establish an effective heart rhythm.
Gary Hackney, Director of Good Samaritan Foundation, stated that the relationship
between the hospital and local law enforcement is important to the community.
“Good Samaritan and the local law enforcement have built a trusting
partnership that is vital to ensuring the health and safety of those we
serve,” he said. “The Foundation is honored to assist in providing
quality and safe care to the members of our community.”
With the Vincennes University Police Department having adequate resources
at this time, all 16 AED devices, valued at more than $20,000, were split
equally between the Vincennes Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s
Department. Knox County Sheriff, Doug Vantlin, stated that the eight machines
the department received helps the team get closer to achieving their goal
of having an AED device in every squad car. Robert Dunham, Vincennes Police
Chief, also expressed his thanks for the donation. “We appreciate
and value our relationship with Good Samaritan,” said Dunham. “The
donation of these AED devices means so much to all of us in law enforcement
and our community.”
Good Samaritan Foundation has a matching grant program for any not-for-profit
organization in need of AED devices. Those who have any questions or would
like more information can call Nicole Coomer with the Foundation at 812-885-3192
or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.