MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Carmel Police Department has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to purchase an additional automated external defibrillator (AED). This award was received through the John T. Sloper Community Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

The John T. Sloper Community Fund was established by the Community Foundation and endowed with the proceeds from the sale of Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service. Founded in 1958 by John T. Sloper, the company motto was: “That lives may be saved.” This fund was established to honor the legacy of John T. Sloper and the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, to promote and encourage people and organizations to provide emergency medical services and to save lives. 

The John T. Sloper Community Fund promotes programs in southern Dutchess and Putnam counties, areas previously served by the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, by providing training and emergency medical equipment to enhance the delivery of emergency medical services to residents of those communities to improve access to emergency health services in order to save lives.

Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari said his department is” grateful to The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for the grant funding.” Carmel police officers carry an AED in their marked police vehicles while patrolling and are available to respond to medical emergencies involving cardiac arrest. A person’s chances of survival improve significantly if CPR and the lifesaving AED shock are administered within minutes of a cardiac arrest.