Defibrillators arrive for Rome patrol cars

Rome Police Capt. Denise Downer-McKinney, Officer Trixie Morgan, Floyd Emergency Medical Service Capt. Randy Pierson, Officer Ron George and Redmond EMS's Wyndie Medley look at AEDs that Rome Police are installing in squad cars. (Kevin Myrick/RN-T)

The Rome Police Department today began placing 44 AEDs inside patrol cars today.

According to Rome Police Capt. Denise Downey-McKinney, the devices will allow officers to save lives in situations where paramedics might not be readily available.

“It’s an aid to the citizens of our community,” she said. “We want to let them know that we’re out here to protect and serve and we want to help out whatever way we can.”

AEDs will be provided for the Floyd County Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office after officers receive training, according to Redmond EMS Director Robert Early.

The defibrillators have been purchased with a $144,000 grant from Northwest Georgia Public Health, and are intended to improve defibrillation response to sudden cardiac arrests experienced by adults and children in the Floyd County area.