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Cintas Awards Heart Revivers to Bullitt County, KY Deputies


Sheriff Paul Parsley and Judge-Executive Kenneth Rigdon Accept AED Grant on Behalf of County Deputies

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Angie Van Slavens of Cintas shows Bullitt County Sheriff Paul Parsley, left, and Judge-Executive Kenneth Rigdon how to use the ReviveR AED.

Louisville, KY, June 30, 2004 - Cintas Corporation presented four AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department during a special grant presentation held at the county courthouse. The donation was part of a national program designed by Cintas to get lifesaving AED technology into the hands of trained officers, often the first to respond to cardiac emergencies.

Bullitt County Sheriff Paul Parsley accepted the grant on behalf of the county's deputies. "We're a rural area, and many times our deputies are the first ones on the scene," he said. "In my career, there have been several instances when this equipment would have helped bring someone's loved one home. "I'd like to thank Cintas for making a difference in our county - and for helping in other areas around the country."

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Department was the second department selected to receive the grant from a pool of over 1,300 applications nationwide. "All of the applicants demonstrated need, and they were all very deserving," said Mike Wallner, Cintas Public Relations Manager. " Bullitt County is a large rural area with a clear need for this technology. We congratulate and thank the Sheriff's Department for their service to the community."

The Cintas ReviveR Provider Grant Program works on two levels. Police departments across the country are eligible to apply for the grant online at the program's web site. Four times a year, a department will be selected to receive four ReviveR AEDs along with associated AED training from the American Heart Association. Through a civic underwriting program, qualifying non-profit and civic organizations interested in purchasing AEDs to present to local police departments can apply for special financing support. Information and applications for the program are available online at www.reviverprovider.org.

"Every year more than 250,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest," says Bob Mitchell, Vice President of the Cintas First Aid and Safety Division. "The program helps Cintas and civic groups support law enforcement in their efforts to rapidly respond to cardiac emergencies."

AEDs are sophisticated computer driven medical devices that deliver an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. The processors in the device are programmed to judge whether defibrillation is needed and prompt the aid-giver when to administer a life saving shock.



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Headquartered in Cincinnati , Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America . Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products and first aid and safety products for over 500,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Company has achieved 35 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.


 



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