CRC Insurance donates $5,558 to Heath DPS for 3 debibrillators

HEATH – The City of Heath’s Department of Public Safety received a donation of $5,558 from CRC Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company last month to purchase three automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The check was presented to Heath officials April 5 at the City of Heath DPS headquarters.

(Michael Parks of CRC Insurance presents the check to Heath Public Safety Director Terry Garrett above.)

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac events and uses defibrillation to help the heart reestablish an effective rhythm. With this donation, AEDs will be onboard every Heath DPS fire apparatus.

“In an emergency, time is everything,” said Public Safety Director Terry Garrett, who added that the funds will also enable the DPS to purchase size adapters so that the AEDs can be used on infants.

“We are grateful for this donation that will allow us to provide the best care possible to every member our community.”

The City of Heath DPS is an integration of police, fire and emergency medical technician services with each officer certified in all three disciplines.

“That means when our officers arrive as the first responders to a call for help, they are able to immediately begin doing whatever is required to save lives or property,” said Chief Garrett.

The grant Heath DPS received is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments.

Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to more than 1,700 different departments totaling more than $27 million. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like CRC, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.

To visit Fireman’s Fund’s “Supporting Firefighters” Facebook page, go to

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By J.J. Smith, Publisher


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