Date: July 3, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Volunteers Donate Time to "Vial of Life"

Volunteers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are doing their part to help save lives by donating time and energy to the Vial of Life program - a national program designed to help emergency personnel obtain pertinent medical information when someone cannot speak for himself/herself during a medical emergency. 

The volunteers will meet with Eckerd Drugs District Pharmacy Manager Alan Obringer on Monday, July 9, 2001, at 9 a.m., at Lake Point Village in Mulberry, to prepare the vials distributed in the Vial of Life program. A medical information sheet (which each individual family later completes), labels and an instruction sheet are inserted in an empty pill bottle to be placed in the refrigerator. The medical information sheet offers information about medications or allergies an individual may have, current medical conditions and other items which may be useful to emergency personnel. Once the pill bottle is in the refrigerator, an orange sticker is placed on the outside door of the refrigerator. The neon orange sticker will alert emergency personnel to the vial of life on the inside.

The Sheriff's Office, in corporate sponsorship with Eckerd Drugs and Artcraft Printers of Lakeland, offers the Vial of Life program free of charge to all community groups, neighborhoods, civic organizations and Polk County residents. Eckerd Drugs provides the vials free of charge.

Residents interested in the Vial of Life program should call the Polk County Sheriff's Office Community Services Section at 534-0980 for more information and to schedule a presentation.

NOTE TO MEDIA: PHOTOS OF VOLUNTEERS PREPARING THE VIALS CAN BE ARRANGED IF INTERESTED.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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