JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - If you're having a heart attack in Jackson County, it may very well be a sheriff's deputy who saves your life.
Jackson County sheriff's officials purchased a defibrillator for every patrol car, and on Wednesday morning, deputies were in training to learn how to use it.
There were 20 deputies taking the class and you'd be surprised at the number who say they could have used it at some point in time in their careers. The answer was 10. That's half and there's a reason for that.
Deputies in Jackson County may now be able to save lives when it comes to a heart attack. Every deputy now has a defibrillator in their patrol car.
On Wednesday morning, they learned how to use the devices. Officials say Sheriff Chuck Phillips OK'd the deal when he heard about their successes.
"Apparently one of the counties has had at least three saved since they initiated this program, so we thought it would be a good idea to get them out in the county in the patrol cars,"said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen.
Ten of the 20 taking training said they've run up on a situation where they could have used one. Deputy Kelley Judd remembered one of those situations.
"Report of a possible intoxicated driver. Got there found out he was having medical issues, a heart attack. Of course, I had to wait for paramedics to get there," said Judd.
And it's for that reason these deputies see a need for these devices.
"I believe it's going to save lives. It's going to cut our response down having these units there in our car. A lot of times we're first on the scene," said Judd.
Harnen said they'll ask 911 to notify them of any cardiac calls just in case they've got a deputy in the area.
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