It isn’t uncommon for Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies to arrive before Emergency Medical Services personnel when calls for assistance are received. And that was exactly what happened at approximately 5:40 am, Monday, November 22, 2010.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies Richard Caldwell and Jason Platt responded to a residence on Tracy Way in Lakeland where an elderly female was said to be unconscious and not breathing.
The victim was at her son’s residence on vacation when she began to complain of chest pains and labored breathing. The victim fell onto her bed and stopped breathing. Emergency medical services was contacted.
The deputies arrived first and upon their arrival, they found the 86-year-old woman lying on her bed. She was not breathing and no pulse. The deputies quickly moved the woman to the floor and began CPR. The deputies also utilized an agency issued AED (Automated External Defibrillator.)
When EMS arrived, the woman was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she is currently undergoing additional treatment.
In April 2007, the PCSO partnered with Polk County Emergency Medical Services and received 99 AEDs that were purchased through a grant. Since then, the Sheriff’s Office has purchased additional devices using confiscated funds from drug forfeiture cases from other criminal seizures.
“Having these valuable devices in our patrol cars creates a win-win situation for the people of Polk County, and for our brothers and sisters in first response,” said Sheriff Judd. “This woman’s life was saved because of the deputies’ quick response with life-saving AED equipment. And the criminals paid for the AEDs - It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Both 34-year-old Deputy Caldwell and 31-year-old Platt were hired in 2005. Both are assigned to patrol in the Northwest District.