POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 37 BRIDGEWATER — Town police saved a 79-year-old woman’s life here Thursday morning because the department bought defibrillators for its police cars. “They did a good job,” Sgt. Alfie O’Quinn said of the three officers who worked together to save a woman who had a heart attack and crashed her car into a retaining wall. “Their training kicked in and the officers recognized right away what they were dealing with.” The police department bought four automated external defibrillators — one for each of its cars — four years ago. Det. Const. Trevor Mitchell was the original proponent of the plan and was one of the three officers involved in saving the elderly woman’s life. Det. Const. Mitchell had been a paramedic before he joined the town’s police force and did the research to determine which one the department should buy. Bridgewater is the first municipal police department in Nova Scotia to buy portable defibrillators for its police cars and was able to do it because of a donation from the local legion. Only one other department in the Maritimes —Miramachi — had them at the time. Bridgewater Police Chief Brent Crowhurst said he wanted the units because police officers are often the first on scene in an emergency. And that’s exactly what happened Thursday morning. Sgt. O’Quinn said Const. Ward Beck was on foot patrol when he learned of the accident at the corner of Dufferin and King streets at 9:24 a.m. The woman was driving her car down the Dufferin Street hill when she went across the oncoming lane and hit a wall. A pedestrian on the sidewalk managed to get out of the way. An officer in his patrol car rushed to the scene, picking up Const. Beck on the way. “Const. Beck right away got her out of the car” and Const. Jennifer Russell got the defibrillator — called an AED — from her car and set it up, Sgt. O’Quinn said. Det. Const. Mitchell arrived and put the two electrodes on the woman as Const. Russell performed CPR. The unit charged up and then Det. Const. Mitchell hit the orange button that sent a shock into the woman’s body. The unit analyzed information on the woman’s condition, relayed it to the officer on the digital screen and the machine indicated whether she needed to be shocked again. She did and the officers repeated the procedure. Paramedics arrived moments later, the woman’s heart began beating again and they rushed her to South Shore Regional Hospital, where she was listed in guarded condition Thursday afternoon. ( As originally published The Chronicle Herald March 23, 2007 By BEVERLEY WARE Technology Helps Save Life Police revive senior thanks to portable defibrillator Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County and New Glasgow Police Service are gearing up for the fall recruitment of volunteers for the 11th annual Kids ’N’ Kops program. From the left, front, are ‘Littles’ Jarred Crossman and Justin Guthro. Middle: ‘Littles’ Daniel Mason, Ryan Roach, Kimberley Daniels and Desiree O'Donnell. In back are: sponsor and Big Brother Lawrence Mason of Mainstay Security Services and Investigation, BBBS of Pictou County executive director Margie Grant-Walsh, sponsor Howie Anderson of ClBC/Wood Gundy, and Const. Ken MacDonald of New Glasgow Police Service. Submitted photo, August 13, 2007 Kids ‘N’ Kops