In the fall of 2015, the Bluffton Police Department partnered with the Arrhythmia Alliance and the Quance family to raise funds to place an automated external defibrillator in each patrol vehicle. This partnership was a result of 8-year-old Gavin Quance being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool. Two Bluffton Police officers were the first to arrive when the 9-1-1 call was made. They immediately began CPR but it wasn’t enough to save Gavin’s young life. However, an automated external defibrillator or AED may have. Statistics show when CPR is used alone, there is a 9% survival rate. If CPR and an AED are used together, there is a 50-70% survival rate. More often than not, police arrive at an accident scene minutes before EMS and the Fire Department. For this reason alone, it was important to begin an AED fundraising campaign. As a result of the community’s compassion, and the Quance family’s ability to turn their tragedy into educating others, the Bluffton Police Department was able to collect funds and receive donations to buy a total of 31 AED’s to be placed in each patrol vehicle. This partnership continues today, hoping to raise more funds to purchase pediatric pads for each AED.