Equips all patrol vehicles that lack these life-saving devices

SNOQUALMIE, WA – Members of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribal Council, Snoqualmie Tribal Police Chief Gene Fenton, City of Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and elected members of the Snoqualmie City Council met at the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe administrative campus on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The agenda included the donation of ten AEDs intended to equip all Snoqualmie Police Department patrol vehicles that currently do not have them as part of their standard equipment.

The donation was part of a larger effort by the Tribe to get these important, life-saving devices into the Snoqualmie Valley community. While focusing county-wide with a donation to King County Sheriff’s Department, the Tribe also wanted to pay attention to the needs closer to home by equipping the Snoqualmie Police Department. The police department serves both the City of Snoqualmie as well as the City of North Bend.

“Being good neighbors is an important cultural attribute for us,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Council Michael Ross. “We are grateful that we have the opportunity to reach out to other local governments and help provide these important tools for first responders.”

The Tribe provided over $180,000 in funding to order AEDs for the King County Sheriff’s Department, the Snoqualmie Police Department and the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Public Safety Department.

“The Snoqualmie Tribal Council has just possibly saved a life by their donation of 10 AEDs to our Police Department. These AEDs will immediately be placed in the 10 remaining vehicles that currently do not have one to be used if needed,” said Snoqualmie Police Chief Perry Phipps, “Personally, I have witnessed the use of an AED that saved not only a citizen’s life, but also a police officer’s life – I know the value of having immediate access to one.”

“Snoqualmie is already recognized as one of the safest communities in the state and we have one of the best performance records involving assistance with recovery from cardiac arrest,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “This generous gift will help us to raise our standards even higher. A big thank you to the Snoqualmie Tribe!”