Virginia Deputies Use AED to Save Woman’s Life


The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office bought Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) last August to enable all of its first responders to assist victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

That’s exactly what Deputy Deborah Graves and Sgt. Steve Drackert did November 22 when they received a report of a Code Blue cardiac incident at a York County residence.

The department’s Facebook page describes how the deputies used the AED in their patrol car to assist a woman who had collapsed in her home. They began CPR and deployed the AED. The Powerheart G5 analyzed the woman’s heart rhythm and administered a single shock. Medics arrived two minutes later and transported the woman to the hospital. A nurse at the hospital reported that the patient was breathing on her own, conscious, and doing well. The hospital attributed the woman’s successful recovery to the early CPR and timely AED use.

It was the department’s first save with a new Powerheart G5, and Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs is delighted.

“Our deputies are able to respond very quickly to a cardiac event simply because we are on the road patrolling,” Sheriff Diggs said. “I am thrilled that we can provide quick medical assistance to patients until the medics arrive. Our training with CPR and AEDs saves lives.”

The sheriff’s office has equipped its entire fleet of 59 vehicles with Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AEDs. These replaced the department’s existing AEDs, many of which had become outdated.

York County, part of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area, includes dense residential areas, military facilities, wooded parkland, and a water park. It has a residential population of more than 65,000 plus large numbers of tourist visiting Yorktown in York County and nearby Williamsburg.

Watch Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs and Josh Schumer, Cardiac Science Certified AED Specialist, demonstrate the Powerheart G5 AED below:

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