Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman reports a man in cardiac arrest was saved by two Deputies using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) kept in a patrol car.
On September 29, Deputies were dispatched to a Springville restaurant located on East Main Street around 5:15 p.m. When Deputies arrived, the victim was not breathing and he didn’t have a detectable heartbeat. Deputies Robert Ellis and Richard Lundberg Jr. immediately began performing CPR.
The Deputies retrieved the AED unit from the patrol car and shocked the victim once with the device. After the initial shock, Deputies observed the return of a heartbeat and breathing. The Deputies and a female civilian continued to administer CPR and first aid until Springville Fire Department arrived and transported the 67 year old male to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for further treatment.
In March 2012, Univera Healthcare provided an underwriting grant that allowed the Erie County Sheriff's Office to acquire eight automated external defibrillator units (AEDs) to add to the eleven AEDs the Sheriff’s Office already had in service.
Undersheriff Wipperman said, “We are thankful to Univera Healthcare for their grant. The unit used yesterday by our Deputies was an AED we purchased through Univera’s generous funding. Without the AED unit in the patrol car this could have easily had a different outcome.”
The current national survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is less than 5 percent. The American Heart Association estimates that 50,000 lives would be spared every year if AEDs were readily available to cardiac arrest victims.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has one AED unit per patrol district as well as the Rath Building, both jail facilities and with its special services units.