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TIOGA - The Tioga County Law Enforcement Association issued 26 automatic external defibrillators to local law enforcement agencies without one.

The AEDs were issued Feb. 16 at the Ives Run Campground Visitors’s Center, prior to a meeting by the association. Now, every law enforcement agency in the county has a working AED in the vehicle, said Tioga County Emergency Management Coordinator Benton Best.

Multiple agencies donated funds so that every law enforcement agency in the county would have an AED when responding to an emergency, said Best.

“It’s been proven that for every minute without an AED decreases a person’s chance of survival by 7-10 percent,” said Best. “Because law enforcement is often the first one on a scene, this helps add to their capabilities.”

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Early access to an AED and someone trained in its use is important to the patient’s survival.

An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

Prior to this, most law enforcement agencies in the county did not have access to a working AED in the vehicle.

Donating to purchase the AEDs were Canton American Legion, Gerald G. Griffin Post 519, Hillside Rod and Gun Club, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 746 in Elkland, Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club, VFW Post 8730 Home Association, Wellsboro Lions Club, Wellsboro Moose Lodge 1147, William B. Wilson Home Association and Shell Exploration and Production Company.

Receiving AEDs were: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Forestry, DCNR Rangers, Elkland police, Gaines Township police, Lawrence Township and Lawrenceville Borough police, Osceola Township police, Tioga Borough police, Tioga County Probation, Tioga County District Attorney’s Office, Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and Westfield police.