Jaycees Equip Charles County Detention Center With Life-Saving Devices

LA PLATA, Md. (July 24, 2007) - A $13,860 donation from the Waldorf Jaycees will equip the Charles County Detention Center with six automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Sgt. Paul Gregory, president of the Waldorf Jaycees, presented a check to Director Pamela Dottellis, commander of the detention center.

Automated External Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death for a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. The Waldorf Jaycees and the Waldorf Jaycees Foundation have provided the funding to supply all but one of the Sheriff’s Office’s 22 other AEDs. The agency’s first AED was donated by Charles County residents Bill and Elaine Wedding in 2003. Most of the Sheriff’s Office’s AEDs are carried by on-duty deputies and others are kept at district stations and Headquarters.

“I am very grateful to the Jaycees for funding an AED that will be assigned to the Detention Center,” said Director Dottellis. “I have a better sense of security knowing our facility has a device that has the potential to save the life of a correctional officer or an inmate who may suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.”

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