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April 21, 2021

IU Health Foundation Funds Officer Down Kits for Tipton Police & Tipton County Sheriff's Departments

IU Health Tipton Hospital

IU Health Foundation Funds Officer Down Kits for Tipton Police & Tipton County Sheriff's Departments

Pictured from Left: Thomas Sliwa, MD – Emergency Medicine; Brad Robins – Sergeant Tipton Police Department; Travis Cooper – Deputy Tipton County Sheriff’s Department.

Police officers and sheriffs work as first responders and handle emergency situations while emergency responders are arriving. Having the right tools like medical kits are necessary. IU Health Foundation partners with IU Health Tipton Hospital to provide medical kits for police officers and sheriffs.

TIPTON, Ind. - Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital helped the Tipton Police Department attain kits which include medical supplies to allow first responders to give emergency first aid until paramedics arrive on the scene.

To accomplish this, IU Health Tipton reached out to the Indiana University Health Foundation to inquire about funding for these medical kits.

“Police officers work as first responders to individuals experiencing traumatic injuries, which can be life-threatening,” said Michael Harlowe, president and CEO of IU Health Tipton Hospital. “With Tipton being a rural city, it is important that police officers must be equipped with supplies while emergency responders are on the way. These medical kits will be distributed throughout Tipton County and the city of Tipton police departments.”

Additionally, Dr. Thomas Silwa, IU Health Tipton Hospital Emergency Medical Director, is offering motion training in emergency response medicine. He will be conducting exclusive training sessions for the police departments in the city of Tipton. Due to COVID-19, these trainings will be socially distant with masks but will be a great learning opportunity for the Tipton police departments.

In June of 2020, Police Chief Michael Seagrave accepted a leadership role of the police departments in the IU Health Indianapolis Suburban Region hospital. When he learned about the Officer Down kits and training, he was eager to have his team participate in training amongst law enforcement.