“To issue each officer a badge, a gun and a defibrillator.”
That is the goal of the Westport Police Department according to Lt. John Bell, officer in charge of defibrillator (AED) procurement. That goal came closer to being fulfilled recently when the Westport Lions Club presented a check for $1,155 to Westport Police Chief Keith Pelletier and Lt. Bell. Now 24 of the department’s 27 officers are equipped with a unit.
The donation was prompted by a recent article describing how one officer was able to save the life of a family member because he had a defibrillator available. A portion of the proceeds from the Lions Club’s recent annual arts and craft show were used for this purchase. The Westport Club is celebrating its 50th year of service to the community and Lionism.
Lions Clubs International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world with approximately 1.35 million members in over 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas. Their primary cause is eyesight conservation but also includes hearing services, diabetes awareness, environmental services, youth programs, international relations, measles initiative and local community service activities. Anyone interested in information about Lions may contact Linda Harrop, Westport Lions president at (508) 678-2255.
Anyone interested in donating to the purchase of additional AEDs for the police department, may send a check with “defibrillator” in the memo section to the Westport Police Department Gift Account, Westport Police Department, 818 Main Road, Westport, MA 02790.