By Michael Pineda
An effort to replace the Yukon Police Department’s aging automated external defibrillators is making headway.
Following the Czech Fest parade Saturday afternoon, the Yukon Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association presented a check for $7,275 that will go toward the purchase for four AEDs. Association President Wes McAtee said each AED costs $1,825.
“We raised the money,” he said. “We solicited businesses, we asked the public to donate money when we do events. We sold stickers.
“We want to raise money for 10 AEDs. This is our first purchase and we are still on our way.”
The association has 22 active members and is a tax-exempt organization. It raises funds to purchase equipment for the department that relieves pressure on its budget.
Deputy Chief John Brown said the association plays a strong role in filling the department’s needs.
“This is not the first time they have made a big purchase for items to be used by the police department,” Brown said. “Our yearly budget can only encompass so much. These extra things are like our wish list items and they have helped purchase in the past bicycles for the bike patrols, drones for accident reconstruction and security surveillance.”
The AED’s were highlighted for replacement due to advancement in technology and current equipment having become dated. Brown said the thing about technology is that it does expire and there was a need to replace the department’s AED devices.
“They are able to help with AEDs now for police officers to carry with them in the field, to not just have them at the station,” Brown said. “But they can have them in a patrol car and they can respond just as quick, if not faster, than fire department personnel so that we can be the initial officer on the scene, assess the situation and if we need to use it, it’s there and if we don’t need to use it, then we can stabilize the patient until fire and rescue show up.”
McAtee said the donation was a good start. Fundraising efforts will continue to purchase six more AEDs for the department.
“We are still on our way,” he said. “We have had a good start. We are still going to work at it and raise enough money to put 10 AEDs in the police officer’s cars, the cruisers, per shift. Not each shift but the shift that is active will have the AEDs.”
To make a donation, call McAtee at (405) 517-6229 or email email@example.com.