MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department bought 11 new Cardiac Science G5 Defibrillators thanks to a $15,000 donation from Novant Health.
Roland Bibeau, president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, said it’s a best practice to use an AED for the immediate care of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
“These AEDs enable the Matthews Police Department to better care for our community in the event of an emergency, when time is of the utmost importance,” Bibeau said.
The Matthews Police Department implemented an AED program 13 years ago, intending to assign one to each officer. The newer units will replace some of the older ones.
“When Novant Health found out that we were looking at ways to start upgrading our AEDs, they immediately asked how they could help,” Police Chief Clark Pennington said. “It’s such an overwhelming feeling when you have community partners that are willing to help provide lifesaving equipment to our officers. We all benefit when our officers have the best tools possible.”