Corrigan Police equipped with life-saving technology
When it comes to an emergency, seconds count. No one knows that better than first responders. Serving one of the busiest highway corridors in Texas — Highway 59 — Corrigan police officers are the first responders, whether it is a traffic accident, criminal activity, or even a medical emergency. As of today, Corrigan Police is equipped with more than just a gun and a badge. They are now carrying medical technology that can help save lives during medical emergencies.
“We just purchased and placed eight defibrillators in all of our patrol cars,” said Darrell Gibson, Corrigan Police Chief. “Our police officers are now trained and have the ability to provide this life-saving technology thanks to the generosity of Georgia-Pacific. We had a critical need in our community and Georgia-Pacific did not hesitate to step forward with the funds to help provide the medical technology that can make a difference in life and death,” said Gibson.
Georgia-Pacific donated $16,000 to the City of Corrigan to purchase the medical devices.
“We have three plants in the Corrigan area, which consists of approximately 1000 employees — with much of the workforce also living here,” said Yana Ogletree, Georgia-Pacific Texas Public Affairs Manager. “We want to make a positive difference in the communities we call home. By investing in this life-saving technology, we want to do our part to keep the community safe.”
A defibrillator is a device that provides an electric shock to your heart to help restore a normal heart rhythm. Studies show that every minute a person in sudden cardiac arrest does not receive defibrillation, their chances of survival drop between 7-10%, making rapid defibrillation imperative for survival and one of the key steps in saving a life from cardiac arrest.
Gibson reflected on various 911 emergencies last year where defibrillators would have been extremely helpful.
“The city of Corrigan does not have a city-based ambulance service,” said Gibson. “Our officers are always the first to arrive, and while they know CPR, sometimes officers need medical technology to sustain someone before an ambulance can arrive.”
The Corrigan Police force, which is made up of 10 officers and the chief, was recently trained on how to use the defibrillators.
“The device is compact, and relatively easy to use,” said Fitzpatrick Foster, Corrigan Police Corporal. “I am excited to have another weapon in my arsenal that I can effectively use to help someone in distress.”
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