He used an automated external defibrillator to give the man a series of shocks and believes having the AED was the difference between life and death.
On Monday, he encouraged Baden Council to consider purchasing one for each of the borough's patrol cars. The department has an AED, but it needs to be repaired and Christner is working on a grant to fix it.
Councilman Dave Trzcianka, who is also the fire chief, recommended that Baden buy at least one AED, estimating the cost to be roughly $1,200. The purchase would total two for the police. One patrol car has an AED on loan from the fire department.
"My goal one day is to have fire extinguishers and AEDs in all four cars," Christner said.
Council President Judith Montell suggested asking local businesses for donations to help purchase one.
A first responder with access to an AED can provide immediate aid in an emergency.
If a person goes into cardiac arrest, each minute that ticks by cuts the chance of survival by 10 percent, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The life-saving technology analyzes the heart rhythm, and automatically indicates when to shock.
"It just makes things a lot easier when you're showing up to an ambulance call and somebody is laying on the ground in need of help," Christner said.
Christner has also requested fire extinguishers in cars for emergencies, such as vehicle fires. Trzcianka is outfitting every police vehicle with a mounted extinguisher.
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