The deputies of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office are much more than just law enforcement officers. In responding to emergency calls, lives are often endangered and Sheriff’s Office deputies are extensively trained in CPR, AED and Naloxone use. During two back-to-back days in June, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped save the lives of two people – an 80-year-old man who was playing tennis and a 3-year-old child playing in a pool. Deputy Richard Forbes responded to both calls and helped to render aid. Both victims have since recovered. Deputy recruits at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy receive extensive training in the Law Enforcement Emergency Medical course, which includes CPR certification. Deputy recruits are trained in at least 25.5 hours in the course in order to meet the objectives of the Maryland Police Training Commission. All told, the training in CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and Naloxone totals more than 300 hours at the Criminal Justice Academy’s seven-month session for deputy recruits. “When I was in the academy, I did not think we would utilize so much medical training and was surprised at the amount of medical calls we handle on patrol,” Deputy Forbes said. In 2019, […]
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