State police get new gear to help save lives

Fifty defibrillators were donated to Indiana State Police troopers Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, thanks to IU Health Arnett. (WLFI Photo)
Fifty defibrillators were donated to Indiana State Police troopers Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, thanks to IU Health Arnett. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana State Police are getting new equipment to help save lives thanks to community members and IU Health Arnett.

Fifty defibrillators are being donated to state troopers. Fifteen of those devices were personally handed to troopers from Lafayette, Peru and Lowell Monday afternoon at the hospital.

The money is raised by IU Health Arnett and runners who take part in Bolt for the Heart.

ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said it’s good for troopers to have these devices in their cars because they are often the first responders.

“We had troops playing in a softball game and one of the people in the stands actually had a heart attack,” Riley said. “And that we had an officer that had an AED was able to get it out, and that subject actually lived because of the use of the AED by the state police officer.”

He said with the AEDs troopers can get a person’s heart rate going again, instead of waiting on an ambulance.

“When you get the heart going again other than just sitting there doing CPR on a person, there’s nothing with doing CPR if that’s all you got,” said Riley. “But if you’ve go the AED, it just helps save lives.”

The goal is to get AEDs in state police vehicles that travel to more rural parts of Indiana.