AEDs provided by healthcare foundation saves lives

Apr 07, 2017
Photo by: Donated Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed, left, honors Sgt. Dee Parton and officer Derek Embler for savings lives by using AEDs provided by the Haywood Healthcare Foundation.

For the past two years, the Haywood Healthcare Foundation has raised funds to provided AEDs to local police departments. Due to the availability of these devices, lives have been saved.

For example, on Feb. 217, 2016, Waynesville Police Sgt. Dee Parton and officer Derek Embler responded to an emergency unconscious/fainting person at Hickory Hollow apartments.  When they arrived, it was quickly determined the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Embler and Parton deployed their AED and performed CPR until EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital.  The quick actions of these officers contributed to saving a life that in the past would have almost certainly resulted in a different outcome.

It is the foundation’s goal to continue to assist with medical equipment and services to the people of Haywood County.  Every year, the Haywood Healthcare Foundation hosts events for the sole purpose of meeting unmet healthcare needs.

The foundation’s three top initiatives this year are substance abuse, mental health and chronic disease.

On June 3, HHF will host its annual Casino Night, which will be held in the pavillion at Laurel Ridge Country Club. This is a night of food, dancing and gaming. Gambling for money is not allowed as tokens are used for play.

Proceeds support unmet healthcare needs. Tickets cost $100 per person and can be purchased by contacting the foundation office at 452-8343 or

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