Members of the Lower Paxton Township Police Department attended UPMC Pinnacle’s Medical Staff meeting at the Hilton Harrisburg on 6/25/2019. Medical Staff President, Dr. Ronald Kratz, presented PFC David Shifflett with a check for $7,500.00 for the replacement of aging AEDs. The police department had 3 Physio-Control LIFEPAK 500 units that were between 15-17 years old and no longer supported by the manufacturer.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Early CPR and access to an AED has been shown to greatly increase the chances of survival.
With the donation, LPPD has placed an order for 4 new Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000 AED units that will be placed into service with the patrol officers. The new AEDs and fast response from trained patrol officers will strengthen the chain of survival for all residents and visitors of Lower Paxton Township.
The Lower Paxton Township Police Department would like to express our overwhelming gratitude to the Medical Staff at UPMC Pinnacle and we look forward to strengthening our community partnership.
In attendance from Lower Paxton Township Police Department were Public Safety Director Adam Kosheba, Lieutenant Thomas Bell, Lieutenant Justin DePasqua, and Patrolman First Class David Shifflett