Sent on 6/29/2016 3:05:50 PM
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to announce the donation of an additional 25 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. In November 2014, the Department received its first donation of 26 AEDs. Since deputies are often the first people on scene of a sudden cardiac arrest, all 26 AEDs were placed in the vehicles of patrol sergeants. Every day, 930 lives in the U.S. are lost to Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). “The Steven M. Gootter Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by defeating sudden cardiac death through increased awareness, education, scientific research and the distribution of AEDs. We dedicate ourselves to this mission in memory of Steven M. Gootter,” says Andrew Messing, President of the Gootter Foundation. With the addition of AEDs, the Pima County Sheriff’s department is now better positioned to save lives – especially in remote areas of Pima County where they are not only the first responder, but sometimes the only responder to a life-threatening SCD emergency. Twenty of the newly donated AEDs have been placed with deputies throughout each of the patrol districts. The remainder have been assigned to the DUI Unit, Traffic Unit, and SRO Unit sergeants. The distribution of these AEDs furthers the goal of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department to provide lifesaving services to the people of Pima County. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is honored by this donation, and proud to partner with the Steven M. Gootter Foundation for the betterment of Pima County.