Public Safety

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Expands Use of Defibrillators Around City


Equips Courthouse, Public Safety Center and Several Cruisers with AEDs

AEDinCourthouseThe Alexandria Sheriff’s Office recently deployed 11 new automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to significantly increase the number of potentially life-saving devices available at the Alexandria Courthouse and Public Safety Center and in deputies’ cruisers. AEDs are portable electronic devices that automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and treat them through defibrillation. This incident explains why this is happening.

In August, five cruisers assigned to civil process and transportation deputies were equipped with AEDs. Three more were installed at the local courthouse so that in addition to the single unit at the first floor security screening, AEDs are now available opposite the elevators on the second, third and fourth floors (right). Finally, three more were placed in public use areas at the Public Safety Center on Mill Road.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne asked his staff to pursue options for equipping cruisers and facilities with AEDs after a witness testifying in court in Arlington early this year experienced a medical emergency and the judge administered CPR to save his life. This summer, the Sheriff’s Office obtained five AEDs from the Alexandria Fire Department and then purchased six more. Cruisers assigned to deputies who serve civil process and one assigned to deputies who transport inmates and other subjects now have AEDs in carry bags so they can use them in the community. Deputies at the courthouse, already trained on AEDs, will be working to familiarize other courthouse employees with AED use.

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Makes sense to add more to the courthouse. However, I don’t think putting them in Sheriff cruisers are the best way to “use them in the community.”

Last I checked the police patrol the community and our deputies only handled the courthouse, jail, and serving court paperwork.

Seems like the least effective way to distribute $1,000+ peices of equipment. Another great budget move by the city….