Image courtesy Brown County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is the latest in Minnesota to receive a life-saving defibrillators to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded $18.8 million to the University of Minnesota Medical School to provide law enforcement officers and first responders across Minnesota with more than 8,300 automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

In the latest round of awards, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office this week stated it will be receiving 15 AEDs.
Studies conducted by the American Heart Association demonstrate a dramatically higher survival rate for cardiac patients shocked by law enforcement, who are generally first on the scene, especially in rural areas.

The new devices will be placed, and training conducted by July 6. AEDs previously used by some agencies can be relocated throughout communities increasing the number of AEDs accessible to the public.