Bluffton is becoming a ‘heart healthier’ community, step by step. On Thursday morning, Bluffton Police announced that each of their patrol cars now carry an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which increases the chance of survival for anyone in cardiac arrest.
The family of 8-year-old Gavin Quance, the boy who drowned in a Bluffton pool, was present for the announcement of the new equipment. The family has supported the life-saving devices being carried in police cars.
“You know, there’s more [police] out there, so they’re always out there first, and it’s incredible to have them equipped with these AEDs, ready to go if they have to use them. To have to sit there and just do CPR, which there’s a 7%, 9% survival rate, and the use of an AED is 50 to 70%, it doesn’t make sense. Everybody should have them. Every police car should have them. Every sheriff’s car should have them,” his father, Jim Quance, said.
The project’s next goal is to purchase more AEDs for Bluffton firefighters, to become a heart healthier community.