Last week, the Northlake Town Council recognized six community members for their donation of six new automated external defibrillators to the Northlake Police Department.
Northlake Mayor David Rettig and Northlake Police Chief Robert Crawford recognized Tim Wright of the North Ridge Estates Homeowners Association, Jason Wight of Newland Communities (Canyon Falls), Patrick Cowden of Hillwood Communities (Harvest), Andrew Pieper of Hillwood Communities (Pecan Square), Terry King of Lamar National Bank and Craig Wilkinson of Office Equity Solutions for their contribution of the life-saving devices.
“We are very grateful to our community partners for their donations enabling this valuable public health service,” Rettig said.
The donations followed a recent grant of $10,000 from CoServ that provided the Northlake Police Department and the Argyle Fire District, the town’s fire and emergency medical service provider, with new AEDs for all emergency vehicles, according to a news release from the town of Northlake. The department purchased four AEDs through the grant.
“I am proud to serve a community that invests and supports their first responders,” Crawford said. “ The donations by community members, in addition to the grant, will provide life saving measures for anyone who lives, works or passes through our community.”
The 10 total AEDs will allow the department to equip each patrol vehicle with life-saving technology, according to the town. Moving forward, the department plans to work with the Argyle Fire District to train each officer and eventually all town staff to operate an AED and perform CPR in an emergency situation.
“Every second counts in an emergency situation,” Crawford said. “Police officers are often on scene several minutes before Fire and EMS. As officers arrive, they can begin using the equipment and training they have received to increase the chances of survival during a medical emergency.”