Bluffton-based Lowcountry Community Church donated $9,000 to the Bluffton Police Department for six automated external defibrillators (AED) in late January.
“For every member of Lowcountry Community Church who gave an offering which is now a part of this donation, we want you to know you are making a difference,” Bluffton Police Chief Stephenie Price said. “Bluffton officers have been requesting and advocating for every marked and unmarked police car to have an AED so they can render immediate, life saving measures on the scene of an emergency.”
Officers at Bluffton Police Department have championed the need for more department and publicly available AEDs after an 8-year-old Bluffton boy drowned in July 2014.
Bluffton Police Department now has a total of 39 AEDs, which are placed in police cars.
“Community partners, such as Lowcountry Community Church, are force multipliers as each year, our department becomes more equipped to keep our community safe,” Chief Price said. “On behalf of every officer and future beneficiary of these six AEDs, we are grateful for this donation and the ability it provides to save lives.”
Lori Letts, missions and outreach director of Lowcountry Community Church, said it is a blessing for our church family to support the Bluffton Police Department.
"Lowcountry Community Church is extremely grateful for the faithful service and sacrifices of our first responders,” Letts said. “It is an honor to partner with them in this way and to support their life-saving efforts in our wonderful community. We pray for God's blessing upon every officer and His continued watch care over the town of Bluffton.”
An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device which can diagnosis life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them via defibrillation. Defibrillation is the application of electricity which halts the arrhythmia and thus allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.