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ISP Bloomington Troopers Now Carrying IU Health AED's, Potentially Saving Lives Spanning 6 Counties
Updated October 6, 2017 2:57 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana State Police Bloomington Troopers now carrying IU Health AED's, potentially saving lives spanning 6 counties.

ISP Superintendent Doug Carter isn't alone when he explains the importance of accessible AED's when someone goes into cardiac arrest. Just ask the family of Danny Rhoad, a 13-year-old Westfield boy whose life was saved by an AED last year. Danny was playing baseball when a ball struck him in the chest. When coaches ran to a concession stand where an AED was stored, they were able to use the defibrillator to restore Rhoad's heartbeat.

A life Was Saved

Last year, Bolt for the Heart (BFTH) teamed up with the Indiana State Police to promote and participate in their annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk to raise money to equip ISP patrol cars with lifesaving AED's. The event, held in Carmel Indiana, raised enough money to purchase several AED's which were placed in ISP cars that patrol Indiana's more rural counties. Since that time, BFTH has worked with another contributing partner, IU Health, who donated funding to purchase additional AED'S.

What is an AED?

It is a portable Automated External Defibrillator used to restart someone's heart in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to the Bolt for the Heart website (, each year Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills 335,000 people of all ages and fitness levels without warning. Ninety five percent of those who suffer from SCA die because CPR and defibrillation usually occur too late, if at all.

AED Benefits:

  • Reliability. The AED is Rescue Ready when needed.

  • Simplicity. Almost anyone can use the AED.

  • Reassuring. The AED knows when to (and when not to) deliver the shock so users don't have to worry about "doing it right".

  • Comprehensive. The AED text screen is helpful in noisy and chaotic environments.

Can't make it but want to help get more AED's to the Bloomington District? Bolt for the Heart is asking anyone interested but not able to run, to please consider making a small donation by visiting the website at;

All proceeds go to purchasing AED's for Indiana State Trooper Patrol cars that will be a part of your community!

Unable to participate on Thanksgiving Day?

We invite you to join us "Virtually" for the 6th Annual Bolt for the Heart Family 5k a Run/ Walk. 100% of the proceeds will go to buying AEDs for our Indiana State Trooper Patrol cars.

Again, if you can't join in person on Thanksgiving morning in Carmel, please consider supporting the Bolt for the Heart organization through the Virtual Race option.

Sign up now and Bolt for the Heart will ship you the Finisher Medal and commemorative 2017 race bib along with any optional apparel items you select. Then complete your run on your own, anytime, anywhere and submit your results on our website. When you finish, send BFTH a photo or two with your finish time and use the hashtag #LetsBolt on your social media posts

Bolt for the Heart and the Indiana State Police want to thank you in advance for your support!

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