Dearborn County 911 Director Jared Teaney demonstrates one of the county's new automated external defibrillators.

Sheriff: AEDs will help save lives

These are going to save some lives through the years,” said Dearborn County Sheriff Michael Kreinhop.

A $70,705 City of Lawrenceburg Community Grant Program Phase 2 grant awarded to the county through the Dearborn Community Foundation means all deputies will soon have an automated external defibrillator in their car.

They also will be located in county department buildings from the main government center in Lawrenceburg to the transportation department located just outside of Aurora.

Of the 58 AEDs purchased, one was already placed with Dearborn County Emergency Management Director Jason Sullivan. The goal is to have the remainder of the units placed within the next couple weeks.

The county has three employees who are CPR instructors. There also are five AED trainers and dummies to use for training, said Jared Teaney, county 911 director.

When the units were chosen, the cost of ownership was considered, said Sullivan.

The cost of maintenance for these units was the lowest. The batteries can be purchased on the store shelf. Other AED batteries cost $100 each, he said.

If a unit is not used, the pads and batteries only have to be changed every five years, he said.

If the AED is used, however, it is recommended the batteries and pads are replaced right away, said Teaney.

Both Sullivan and Teaney put a lot of work into researching and obtaining these AEDs. This would not have been possible without their hard work, said Kreinhop.

A big thank you also goes to the City of Lawrence­burg for its generous donation, he said.