Local law enforcement receive AEDs through Helmsley Charitable Trust

The grant provides statewide law enforcement agencies and first responders with devices that aim to increase cardiac arrest survival rates

AED group.jpg
Area law enforcement got a boost from a grant that delivered AED devices and training to those using them.
Contributed by Cetera Services
We are part of The Trust Project.

WADENA — The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the Wadena Police Department are among agencies in the region to receive AED devices and training thanks to a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the University of Minnesota Medical School.

The University of Minnesota Medical School used the $18.8 million in funds to provide law enforcement officers and first responders across Minnesota with more than 8,300 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. Wadena County Sheriff's Office will receive 14 and the Wadena Police Department is getting four.

The three-year project aims to equip every law enforcement vehicle in the state with an AED and train agencies to deliver immediate care prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). AEDs should be applied within the first three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest to ensure the best possible outcome.

AED TRaining.jpg
Area law enforcement received training in the use of AED devices at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.
Contributed by Cetera Services

“With the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s new grant to the U of M Medical School, thousands of AEDs will be deployed by first responders to serve and treat hundreds of victims of sudden death each year in all corners of urban, suburban and rural Minnesota,” said Demetri Yannopoulos, MD, the director of the Center for Resuscitation Medicine at the Medical School. “Defibrillators are one of the few known lifesaving technologies in cardiac arrest. We anticipate that hundreds of lives will be saved in the next few years by this effort. We are very grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their continuing trust and support in our center and state.”

Data from Minnesota Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) shows that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents happen in homes, where AEDs placed in public facilities can have little impact.


“Seconds count during a cardiac arrest,” said Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley trustee. “This funding will ensure those who get to the scene before EMS arrives give patients a better shot at survival.”

To date, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted more than $53.5 million across Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming for AEDs, funding nearly 22,000 devices for law enforcement and first responders. This collaboration is a part of a larger initiative to bring known lifesaving medical technology to underserved communities.

With little state oversight, experts say Minnesotans have no way to know precisely what’s in the edibles and drinks.

The AEDs analyze heart rhythms throughout CPR, reduce pauses and allow for improved blood circulation to increase the odds of survival. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, these self-monitoring devices can report their status to a centralized online data repository, allowing law enforcement agencies to know their devices are ready or in need of maintenance. The information collected will also allow the Center for Resuscitation Medicine to improve response to cardiac arrest and demonstrate how swift law enforcement response gives patients a better chance of survival.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.
What to read next
Thew said in an interview that her favorite thing about the day care “is watching the kids grow up and watching them learn. It’s so cool – there’s something about it that’s really awesome – something about how their memory works.”
Anderson Saint Georges, chief executive officer of Daystar Recovery Center in Detroit Lakes, was appointed to Gov. Tim Walz's advisory council on opioids, substance use and addiction, according to a Nov. 29 news release from the governor's office. Saint Georges will serve a four-year term on the council, which will begin Jan. 3.
The caller croons to circle to the left, swing your partner, look ‘em in the eye and promenade. Gleeful “whoohoos” erupt from square dancers, the floor aswirl with smiles, Western-style shirts and flouncy, ruffled skirts.
Members of the Wadena County Board of Commissioners and Heather Olson, auditor/treasurer for Wadena County, heard complaints from multiple county residents concerning a proposed 10.37% property tax levy increase during their Truth In Taxation hearing on Nov. 28.