2018-06-13 / Police Beat

Dryden Police replace defibrillators thanks to Four County Community Foundation


Norrice Bickes and Sgt. Shawn Peters show off the Dryden Township Police Department’s latest acquisition — a set of defibrillators for the department’s patrol cars. 
Photo by Phil Foley Norrice Bickes and Sgt. Shawn Peters show off the Dryden Township Police Department’s latest acquisition — a set of defibrillators for the department’s patrol cars. Photo by Phil Foley DRYDEN TWP. — When the Dryden Township Police Dept. first got defibrillators a dozen years ago, it turned to the Four County Community Foundation. So, when it came time to replace them, Norrice Bickes, the department’s administrative aide knew where to turn again.

“Our budget is a little tight, like everybody’s,” said Sgt. Shawn Peters, and while defibrillators are an important thing to have, the department just didn’t have the money to replace their aging units.

Peters said Four County Community Foundation stepped up with the $3,846 needed to purchase three Physio Control Life Pak CR Pluses, and a set of infant/ child pads for each one.

“These are just priceless to have,” said Peters.

Less than six months ago Peters saved the life of a 55-year-old Havens Road man who had gone into cardiac arrest. Peters said since the department got its first two defibrillators in 2006, officers have used them a couple of times a year.

Peters said the new units can detect if a patient has a regular heart beat and won’t fire, it they do.

He said the Four County Community Foundation allows the department to put a defibrillator in each of its patrol cars. Peters said he’s not sure what the department is going to do with the old units. The batteries and pads are still available, but the company that made them no longer produces replacement parts or offers service for them.

Phil Foley

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