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Cintas Awards Heart Revivers to Waukegan, IL Police


Mayor Hyde Accepts AED Grant on Behalf of City's Finest

WAUKEGAN, IL. – April 12, 2004 – Cintas Corporation presented four AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to the Waukegan, IL Police Department during a special grant presentation held at Waukegan's City Hall. 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.

AED Awards
L - R: Cintas GM John Amann demonstrates the ReviveR AED to Waukegan's Mayor Richard Hyde.

Waukegan's Mayor Richard Hyde accepted the grant on behalf of the city's police. “We have a world-class police department in Waukegan, and this technology will help our officers remain among the best prepared across the nation,” said Mayor Hyde. “I'd like to thank Cintas for their commitment to helping law enforcement and communities respond to cardiac emergencies with these lifesaving devices.”

The Waukegan PD was the first department selected to receive the grant from a pool of over 400 applications nationwide. “All of the applicants demonstrated need, and they were all very deserving,” said Mike Wallner, Cintas Public Relations Manager. “The Waukegan PD's experience with PAD (public access defibrillation) programs, their track record of coordination with local fire and community groups, and their ability to deploy AEDs immediately in conjunction with their overall PAD plan made their application stand out. We congratulate and thank them for their service to the community.”

PDA team
Sgt. David Boehm (far right) submitted the ReviveR Provider grant application and heads up the city's PAD programs. He is pictured here with his PAD team and a ReviveR AED.

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.



About Cintas
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 to 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 34 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.


 


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