Douglas police working to get first aid kits to all Marshall County officers

Douglas police working to get first aid kits to all Marshall County officers

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - In light of police shootings, one police department in Marshall County is working to provide life-saving first aid kits to every officer in the county.

These kits contain life-saving devices and chemicals, things to plug up holes, slow or stop blood flow, and aid breathing in case an officer is shot or stabbed.
Members of the Douglas Police Department are working to get these kits to every officer to other departments, such as Albertville, Boaz, Arab, Guntersville, and any other officer or deputy in Marshall County.

Chief Eric Speight says officers never know what can happen and have to be prepared. He said every kit will be exactly the same for a reason.

"The Douglas Police Department has a paramedic who works for us and we are going to send him around to each department to train each officer how to use this. That way everybody in the county is trained the same way. So if we're on something big where multiple agencies are there, everybody in the county will know how to use it the same way. Everything will be universal," Speight said.

The department is reaching out to other groups in the community to help out. They're trying to raise funds for the more than 190 officers. Each kit costs $100.

Even children at Albertville Primary have gotten in on the fundraising efforts. They're expected to present a check to the department on Monday.

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