By Brad Segall
COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — Several police departments and a school district will be getting some new life saving machines thanks to a donation from an organization that looks after the well-being of some residents in Chester County.
The Brandywine Health Foundation is spending just over $15,000 to provide AED machines to several local police departments that cover the area in and around Coatesville and the Coatesville Area School District.
The organization wanted a way to mark American Heart Month, and felt donating these life saving machines was the best way.
“The idea is to have these machines be as accessible as possible, to have them actually in the police car because sometimes it’s the police officer who’s the first person to arrive on the scene before the medic,” says Frances Sheehan, president and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation.
Nine machines are going to the police, five more to schools which will have them available to coaches during athletic events and other personnel during school activities.
Brandywine will also honor a police officer and the president of the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association for using an AED to save a man from Caln Township.