City purchases 12 new AEDs
West Chicago Police Chief Michael Uplegger is happy to announce the purchase and deployment of 12 new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) for use by patrol officers. An AED is an electronic device designed to evaluate the rhythm of a person’s heart after cardiac arrest, and deliver a shock if needed. The West Chicago Police have carried AEDs in their squad cars for over 10 years, using them on a number of occasions to assist in life-saving efforts. Most recently, on January 4, 2015, an officer used a police department AED to shock a man’s heart and helped to save his life. The resident made a full recovery.
“We are very happy to have the capability to carry this life-saving equipment with us every day”, said Chief Uplegger. “We are proud to be able to serve and protect our residents and visitors, and these units reinforce our commitment and ability to do that.”
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are only 1 to 5 percent. However, with the immediate use of an AED, those rates can increase to 90%. https://www.osha.gov/dts/tib/tib_data/tib20011217.pdf
For further information, please contact Commander Eric Shipman at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 293-2222.