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Community Agencies Win Homeland Security Award

The Vigo County Sheriff's Office, along with other Valley agencies, have been awarded grants to go towards some much needed equipment. The department has plans to spend their nearly $4,000 on new AED's, putting the defibrillators in half of their squad cars.
Indiana Homeland Security is helping emergency responders across the state.

The Vigo County Sheriff's Office, along with other Valley agencies, have been awarded grants to go towards some much needed equipment.   

The department has plans to spend their nearly $4,000 on new AED's, putting the defibrillators in half of their squad cars.

Officials say they have been working hard to get as many of the devices in the hand of deputies as they can, to give them one more tool to help better serve the community:

"The use of automatic defibrillators is a great opportunity for us to be diversified into provide the highest level of service to the community letter. So whether it comes from traditional means of fire and EMS, or now law enforcement, we will just be broadening out scope just a little bit, so we think it's a great program," said Major Jeff Fox of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department.

And Vigo County wasn't the only agency to be awarded a grant.

The Clay County EMA will use its new funds to buy portable lighting and batteries, and the Vincennes Township Fire Department will buy new rescue equipment.

Over in Parke County, the sheriff will buy seven new laptops, and the Turman Township Volunteer Fire Department in Sullivan County will purchase a new air bag system.
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