Daniel Story, a Louisiana police officer, is being praised and honored for his quick-thinking, life-saving skills. Daniel was on duty, providing security in a church, when a 52-year old man passed out. Not wasting a second, Story rushed over to the man and immediately asked for an AED to be brought over, however the church was unprepared and did not have an AED on site. Story rushed over to the nearest fire station, grabbed their AED, and proceeded back to the church. Corporal Story began CPR, administered with shocks. The man regained consciousness, and was rushed to the hospital. The man survived and Corporal Daniel Story was awarded a Life Saving Award.1
Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are machines that use an electric shock to restore rhythm back to the heart, after a person goes into Cardiac Arrest. Although they can be expensive, it’s really a no-brainer purchase. CPR administered with an AED drastically increases the probability that the victim will survive. Cardiac Arrest doesn't discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time. Being prepared is crucial for any emergency situation.
The fact that the church, from the news article, was not equipped with an AED left all its patrons at risk. Time is the most significant factor when a person is in cardiac arrest. It is literally the difference between life and death. Any place where multiple people congregate, whether it’s a mall, religious center, day care, should have an AED.
So now it poses the question: Isn’t the cost of an AED worth it, if it’ll save someone’s life? And the answer is yes, it’s 100% worth it. Tri-State provides its clients with courses to teach proper CPR techniques and the knowledge to accurately use an AED. We also supply yearly maintenance and replacement of batteries and pads.