Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is in the running to win $25,000 for Operation Life Response. You can help by casting votes using the State Farm Neighborhood Assist app on Facebook. (In order to vote, you will be requested to access a Facebook app, which is subject to rules/guidelines of Facebook apps.)
How would the sheriff’s office use the money should they win? How would it benefit our community? The text below covers those questions.
OPERATION LIFE RESPONSE
Location: Murphy, NC
Submitted by: Watkins, B
Organization: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF YOUR CAUSE?
To arm patrol deputies with life-saving AEDs and training to help strengthen our EMS response.
HOW WOULD YOU USE THE $25,000 TO ADDRESS AN UNMET NEED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Cherokee County, NC, situated in the rural Appalachian Mountains, remains at the top of North Carolina’s most economically distressed counties; including lack of much needed healthcare. With only one hospital to serve several surrounding counties, medical response, transport and attention can be pushed out to an hour or more. Only three EMS stations, with one crew each, serve our expanse, mountainous and difficult roadways covering nearly 500 square miles. Tough economic times closed the doors of one hospital and an Urgent Care that was situated to serve an entire community. Putting AEDs in the patrol cars could help meet this essential need for both the residents and tourists that frequent this beautiful area. We treasure the lives of those we serve and we work together to pursue all available avenues to provide efficient, unrivaled responses. Cherokee County needs your help. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office would use $25,000 to equip all 15 patrol cars with life-saving AEDs that are specifically designed for law enforcement responses.
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