Deaconess Heart Program Introduces New AEDs to 11 First Responders


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – 18 additional DEAs have been placed in the community through Deaconess Gateway.

On Tuesday, 11 first responders and community organizations received these new AEDs from HeartSaver.

HeartSaver is a program of The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and Deaconess Foundation created to reduce sudden death through the placement of lifesaving AEDs in the Tri-States.

The Princeton Police Department was one such organization, and they now have an AED in every police cruiser thanks to the program.

“It’s amazing because there’s so much that goes into a police cruiser,” Princeton Police Chief Derek McGraw said. “Technology with computers and body cameras and tasers and ammunition and whatever and the budget gets really, really tight. So having the opportunity with a program like the Deaconess Heart Saver program to equip us with that. It could potentially save someone’s life.

The HeartSaver Committee has placed more than 500 AEDs in schools, community centers, first aid vehicles and other large gathering places throughout the region.

Officials say the following organizations and first responders received the new AEDs:

  • Friedman Park Conference Center
  • Henderson Police Department
  • Princeton Police Department
  • Carrier Mills Village Fire Department
  • Henderson City/County Rescue Team
  • Evansville Christian Health Clinic
  • Ronald McDonald House (entrance gate)
  • Posey County Sheriff
  • Castle South Secondary School
  • Caring Friends Daycare Ministry
  • Spencer County High School

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