NEWBERRY — The Newberry Police Department is the recent recipient of an automated external defibrillator (AED) through the collaboration between the Fraternal Order of Police and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The donation of the AED was one of five for the state of South Carolina.
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Midlands Lodge #1 President Dale Jones said the donation will help save lives.
“Our thanks go out to the FOP for creating this partnership that will have a direct positive impact on public safety,” Jones said. “Simply put, having AEDs in police cruisers will save lives.”
Police Chief Roy McClurkin said his department was appreciative that the FOP could donate such a valuable piece of lifesaving equipment to them.
“This piece of equipment will allow us to have an AED located inside one of our patrol cruisers during each shift, thus having lifesaving equipment on hand at all times,” McClurkin said.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.
Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Chuck Canterbury, FOP national president, said that the $250,000 grant helped to get 263 AEDs into the hands of police across the country.
“We’re pleased and proud to establish a partnership with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation,” Canterbury said. “While police and firefighters like to kid each other, everyone is committed to saving lives and that’s just what this program will do.”
The FOP distributed the AEDs to state lodges that worked with local lodges to identify areas of law enforcement with the biggest need for this lifesaving device. Learn more about the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation at www.firehousesubsfoundation.org and the FOP at www.fop.net.
FOP Midlands Lodge #1 represents law enforcement officers from Newberry, Lexington and Richland counties.