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Vilas Co. Sheriff's Office receives 8 AEDs thanks to generous donation
VILAS COUNTY - Police officers sometimes don't know what they'll face when called to a scene. But being prepared is always crucial.

"I've assisted in doing CPR and sometimes it's taken up to 20 minutes of doing CPR before other medical staff arrives on scene," said Vilas County Captain Gerard Ritter. 

Up to this point, the sheriff's office hasn't had any defibrillators. That was something Allied 100 in Woodruff wanted to change. 

"My stepdad is an attorney and he has it in with the Vilas County Sheriff's Department so we got together with them, talked about it, and he got in contact with Allied 100 and made it happen," said Warehouse Supervisor Katie Morgan.

The AED distributor celebrated its 15 year anniversary by giving up to 60 employees the chance to donate AEDs to any organization. Eight of the employees chose the Vilas County Sheriff's Office. 

"I'm grateful knowing if my friends or family need an AED, they will have them available," said Morgan.
 
Four of the AEDs will stay at the sub-station and the other four will be brought to the Sheriff's Office. When officers check in for their shift, they can also check out an AED. 

The Zoll AED Pluses, which each cost about $2,000, were chosen because of their durability. The models can stand up to 122 degrees and temperatures in the low 30s. 

"And it's ready to save lives," said Morgan. 

Saving lives is something Ritter and his team face often. But on Wednesday, Ritter says they're not the only ones making a difference.

"What they did was very rewarding and in a sense they are heroes today for donating these items to us," said Ritter. 

Officers will also be checking out Narcan along with the AEDs when they report to work. Ritter says all officers will be trained to use the AEDs properly.

Story By: Allie Herrera


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