Gift from first responders group could truly be life saving

Gift from first responders group  could truly be life saving

Evanston Fire Department release:
The Evanston Fire Department has received a generous donation from the Evanston First Responders Foundation (EFRF), which has purchased three LUCAS devices for each ambulance in honor of Oliver Brown Leopold.

The LUCAS device is a portable chest compression system that provides consistent, high-quality chest compressions during cardiac arrest. This device is critical for the successful resuscitation of patients, as it allows first responders to maintain uninterrupted compressions, which significantly increases the patient’s chance of survival.

The Evanston Fire Department is grateful for the designated funds provided by the Brown Leopold family and friends that were made to the EFRF in honor of Oliver. Adding these LUCAS devices to each front-line ambulance will enhance the department’s ability to provide the highest quality care to the community. It will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the effort to save lives.

“We greatly appreciate the Evanston First Responders Foundation and cannot thank the Brown Leopold family enough for their generous donation,” said Fire Chief Paul Polep. “The Foundation’s commitment to our department and the community we serve is invaluable, and we are honored to receive this life-saving equipment in honor of Oliver.”

The Evanston First Responders Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to first responders in Evanston. Their mission is to enhance the level of care provided to the community by providing necessary equipment and training to the police and fire departments.

To learn about the Evanston First Responders Foundation, visit their website at

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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