The Assistance League (AL) serves the North Inland area of San Diego County. They are a non-profit organization that generates revenue from fundraising and proceeds from their thrift shop. My connection to them is that they have proven to be an excellent partner in saving lives, literally. I work for a public safety-based organization that helps install Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public places. Not only does the AL serve as a model in the community by having an AED at their thrift shop and training all of their staff, but it is my understanding they have also made a generous donation to their local police department that will equip the majority of their officer patrol vehicles with AEDs. This is an incredible grant to help make the community and the officers safer. Research in our field suggests that law enforcement officials are among the most important people to carry AEDs because they can save lives. Most departments, however, cannot afford this costly equipment. The AL saw a need and filled it. In terms of our connection with AL, they are a worthy partner.
My name is Mike Loarie. I am a Captain at the Escondido Police Department and Second In-Command. I have been working at EPD for almost 29 years, and I have been a resident of Escondido for 27 years.
During my career, I have had many occasions to work with the Assistance League of Inland North County. It started with participating on an advisory board and work with Operation School Bell many years ago. It continues when I make personal donations to their storefront. I choose them because I know their business plan has the best intentions, and I have seen the results. They are wonderful. They care about our community. As a resident, that means a great deal to me.
I have worked with many nonprofit organizations during my career, and the Assistance League of Inland North County has been incredible. The members are committed to substantial improvement, they are friendly, and they are professional. There may be some as good as the Assistance League of Inland North County, but there certainly is none better.
In late 2015, EPD was approached by the Assistance League of Inland North County with an offer we simply could not refuse. The Assistance League wanted to purchase something for us that would help our officers in the field to save lives - Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The AED is a proven life-saving device for heart attack patients.
We took delivery of 17 AEDs and deployed them into the field so that officers patrolling the area of Escondido would have them readily available. Our officers have a response time that is sometimes faster than the Escondido Fire Department because they are already in the field and not the Fire Station. When an officer can be on-scene minutes before the Fire Department, chances of survival of a patient increase exponentially.
We have yet to be able to report that the AEDs have saved a life, but I can absolutely tell you that it is a matter of time before that will happen. Had it not been for the generous donation, we may not have this type of equipment in our police vehicles and deployed 7/24.
I am sure there are many other contributions and stories that can be told about the Assistance League of Inland North County. I just do not know what they are; however, I am certain they exist.
We all can learn from the generosity that the staff at the Assistance League of Inland North County displays. The leadership to do something about a problem, the commitment to make the community better, and the willingness to donate time and talent is what comes to my mind when I think about the wonderful crew who make up our local Assistance League.
Michael J. Loarie