BEATRICE - Gage County patrol vehicles will be outfitted with life-saving equipment, thanks to the Harry B. Helmsley Trust.
The Gage County Sheriffs Office has received 14 LifePak automated external defibrillators that will be placed in department patrol vehicles as well as two corrections transport vans. The units can help in treatment of cardiac patients in an emergency.
In total the state of Nebraska was given 2,500 AED's to put in the hands of local law enforcement.
Gage County Sheriff Millard "Gus" Gustafson says Correction’s Officer Brian Polson was trained by the Department of Health and Human Services on the devices and can now provide in-house training to Deputies and other correction officers on how to use the state of the art devices.
Having the units in patrol cars will help bridge the gap between being the first on a scene and a rescue crew arriving.