Courtney’s Crusade, a non-profit organization, will be donating 8  automated external defibrillator’s (AED’s) to the Beaumont Police Department, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:00pm in the Beaumont Police Department lobby.

An AED is portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of a ventricular fibrillation  and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AED’s are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AED’s is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation  (CPR) classes.

One of the AED’s  will be assigned to our firearms facility and the others will be placed in patrol units.

Courtney’s Crusade has set a goal to get AED’s in all police vehicles and public locations to increase survival of those who suffer cardiac arrest.

Representative’s from Courtney’s Crusade, Zoll Medical Corporation, the local AHA Board of Directors, Chief Jimmy Singletary and Mayor Becky Ames along with a few city council members, will be in attendance.