Authorities are crediting an Automated External Defibrillator, kept in a police patrol vehicle, with saving the life of a 52-year-old Wyoming man who was not breathing and had no pulse following a 911 call Sunday.
The City of Wyoming placed an AED in each of the Department of Public Safety’s patrol cars in March 2013 as an effort to streamline police and fire services as one department.
On Sunday, March 9, police Sgt. Corey Walendzk arrived on scene within two minutes of a 911 call about the man’s emergency medical situation. Officers Dan Vliestra and Kresten Green followed.
After confirming the man was indeed not breathing and had no pulse, the trio grabbed the AED from a patrol car and delivered a series of electrical shocks. They performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
By the time the man was transported to the hospital, he was breathing and had a steady heart rate and pulse, Chief James Carmody said.
“On these critical medical calls, minutes do count when it comes to someone surviving,” Carmody said. “Installing the AEDs in our patrol cars not only added much-needed technology to our service capabilities, it put that same life-saving technology closer to those who will need it the most.”