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[Shelton, Washington] – On May 31st, on behalf of the McCleary Police Department, Chief Steve Blumer received (3) Automated External Defibrillators (AED), for their patrol cars. The donation came through the Fraternal Order of Police as part of a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
AEDs are a device that measures heart rhythm and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest. With police officers often first on the scene, especially in rural areas, these devices are becoming more and more important.
State Lodge President Marco Monteblanco said that the donation will help save lives.
“Our thanks go out to the FOP for creating this partnership that will have a direct positive impact on public safety,” Monteblanco said. “Simply put, having AEDs in patrol cars will save lives.”
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
FOP National President Chuck Canterbury said that the $250,000 grant would help get 263 AEDs into the hands of police across the country.
“We’re pleased and proud to establish a partnership with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation,” Canterbury said. “While police and firefighters like to kid each other, everyone is committed to saving lives and that’s just what this program will do.”
The FOP distributed the AEDs to state lodges that worked with local law enforcement to identify areas with the biggest need for this life-saving device. Learn more about the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation at www.FirehouseSubsFoundation.org and about the FOP at www.FOP.net.