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Monday
Oct162017

Global Medical Device Company Arthrex Brings 1,000 Jobs to Anderson

Global medical device manufacturer Arthrex, and a leader in sports orthopedics and one of the fastest growing companies in the country, today announced plans for a new facility in Anderson County, bringing 1,000 new jobs and investing $78 million in the county. 

The new 200,000 square-foot facility will be located on the 240-acre Anderson County Technology and Manufacturing Center site in Sandy Springs, which Arthrex purchased earlier this year. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the Spring of 2018.

Hiring will begin 2019 and the facility is scheduled to open in April/May 2019. 

“S.C. is poised to train the right skills for the employees we need,”  said Reinhold make people better, provide jobs and give back to the community to make everyone better., founder of Arthrex. 

Using some of the highest technology and machinery in the world, Schmieding said the goal is to build things that make people better, provide  good jobs and give back to the community. 

“We are very loyal patriots and we want to make products in America,”  said Schmieding, who added that 95 percent of Arthrex products are made in America. He said Arthrex plans to create 1,000 new jobs within 8 years, advanced, clean manufacturing jobs, and if all goes well, future expansion here in the future. 

The family-based business has less than two percent annual employee turnover rate, and Schmieding says the company is committed to taking care of employees. Among the benefits, each employee receives their dream vacation, paid for by the company, on the employees fifth, tenth and fifteenth anniversaries. 

Anderson County Council will give final vote Tuesday on a series of measures concerning the new business, including tax incentives and other matters related to the property. 

“This is a truly remarkable and exciting announcement,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are very proud Arthrex has chosen to locate their new facility in Anderson. As the representative of county council, I want you to know we are here today with you, and we will be will you tomorrow. We are looking forward to working with this great company.”

“We’re on top of the world,” said S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, of the announcement. “This is new, something outside the scale of what most people see when thinking about manufacturing.  This combination very rare, and very new, and something that will take this state to the very top. It’s all about brain power collaboration and cooperation.” 

“No other state has a technical education system like S.C., or three research universities like ours,” McMaster said. 

“These things don’t just happen. They happen because of our cooperation with our county council, our education partners, our business community, our legislative branch,” said S.C. Senator Mike Gambrell, who is chairman of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation. “My district is very rural, and it’s very important to me that someone from my district to drive 40 minutes to a good-paying job.” 

“Arthrex couldn’t have picked a better place,” said Dr. Ronnie Booth, president of Tri-County Technical College. “We’re looking forward to working with Arthrex. Our job is to start yesterday and be ready tomorrow. One of the things that impresses me most with Arthrex is that it’s not just about jobs, it’s about careers.”

“Arthrex is a world-class company, by many measures the number one sports medicine company in the world,” said Dr. Jim Clements, president of Clemson University. “There presence will make a huge impact on Anderson, the Upstate and the entire state of S.C. Clemson will benefit as well.

Clement said Clemson’s long history of engineering, scientific research, and biomedical research, Arthrex will be a great partner for the university. 

“I get excited about manufacturing,” said S.C. Rep. Brian White. “This is huge. We have a golden opportunity, and as a parent of thee children, it’s great to know they don’t have to move out of Anderson to have a great future. Arthrex offers a chance at 

You can have a career in a great company. We have automotive, we have aerospace, and now we have medical.”

“We’ve been working for a while together with them already,” Dr. Michael Kissenberth, sports medics orthopedic surgeon at the Greenville Health System.

“The potential with the collaboration and growth are unlimited with them right here with us.”

Kissenberth said Schmieding, is one of the pioneers in the field.

“He’s made a difference in the life of millions across the globe,” Kissenberth said.

Arthrex has garnered a number of awards including:

One Fortune Magazine’s 100 best places to work for women.  

One of 100 best work places for millennials

One of 50 best companies for giving back to the community.

One of the 15 best workplaces in manufacturing and production

One of the 50 best companies in diversity

“This is a real game changer,”  said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen, whose district will be home for the new facility. “Arthrex is s a high-tech industry and it is going to do great things for the county.” 

Allen said the high salaries, which will average more than $20 per hour, is also going to be a “great” benefit for the county. Allen also said Arthrex will offer even greater economic diversity for the county

“It’s going to be an extremely beautiful campus out there in Sandy Springs, and we really expect that area to grow all the way up to Clemson,” Allen said.

Anderson County Council will give final vote Tuesday on a series of measures concerning the new business, including tax incentives and other matters related to the property.

Anderson County is currently the leading county in South Carolina in international investment with 53 companies representing 18 countries.

More information at https://www.arthrex.com/corporate/aboutus

Monday
Oct162017

McMaster in Anderson for Economic Development Announcement

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster as well as a number of other state and local officials will be on hand at 11 a.m. at the Anderson County Civic Center today to discuss details of a major economic development announcement for Anderson County.

The announcement is expected to offer details on the domestic manufacturing company which purchase the entire 240-acre Anderson County Technology and Manufacturing Center site in Sandy Springs earlier this year, with the promise of creating 1,000 jobs and a proposed $74 million investment facility.

Anderson County Council will give final vote Tuesday on a series of measures concerning the new business, including tax incentives and other matters related to the property.

The purchase also means Anderson County will have to seek a new site to develop another industrial park to continue to economic development activites in the county.

Anderson County is currently the leading county in South Carolina in international investment with 53 companies representing 18 countries.

Sunday
Oct152017

Haley Says U.S. to Stay in Nuclear Deal with Iran for Now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States for the time being will stay in an international nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday, adding that the Trump administration wanted to weigh a “proportionate” response to Tehran’s actions on the world stage. 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a security council meeting at U.N. headquarters during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

“I think right now, you’re going to see us stay in the deal. Because what our hope is that we can improve the situation. And that’s the goal,” Haley said referring to worries over Iran’s ballistic missile tests, international arms sales and state-sponsored terrorism. 

Haley, interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” also said the reason the United States was looking closely at the Iran nuclear deal is because of escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapon development. “What we’re saying now with Iran is don’t let it become the next North Korea.” 

Saturday
Oct142017

Report: Worldwide Christian Persecution "Worst in History"

The persecution of Christians is now "worse than at any time in history," according to a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which states that not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, they are also experiencing the worst forms of persecution.

The Europe-based group also found that in 12 of the 13 countries reviewed, the situation for Christians was worse in overall terms in the period 2015–17 than within the preceding two years, says the report titled, "Persecuted and Forgotten? 2015–17."

"In many countries the situation was already so severe, it could scarcely get any worse, and yet it did – the obvious exception being Saudi Arabia, where a long-established pattern of some of the world's worst oppression saw no obvious indications of deterioration," it explains.

In 2016, as many as 600,000 Christians may have suffered some form of persecution for their faith around the world. "While firm numbers are hard to come by … there is little doubt that the level of Christian persecution remains extremely high in a great number of places around the world," the report says, adding that the number of deaths are reported to have fallen below 100,000 in the past two years.

The report expresses a serious concern for the Christians in the Middle East, noting that "an eradication of Christians, and other minorities, was – and still is – the specific and stated objective of extremist groups at work in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, including Egypt."

It quotes Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo as saying in March 2016 that the number of Christians had reduced to 500,000, a fall of 1.2 million – or two-thirds - within five years.

In Iraq, the Christian population declined from 275,000 in mid-2015 to below 200,000 two years later – and possibly as few as 150,000, the report says, warning that "if this decline were to continue at the same rate, it would show that" the previous report's "prediction of a virtual wipe-out of Iraq's Christian community by 2020 remains on track."

"However," the report adds, "fears that Christians in Iraq are 'on the verge of extinction' were, to some extent, alleviated at the end of the reporting period by news of thousands of families returning to their homes on the Nineveh Plains following the defeat of Daesh (the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, IS or ISIL)."

It adds that genocide against Christians has also taken place in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram, which is now believed to be affiliated with IS, started a campaign of violence to ensure the faithful "will not be able to stay."

The report also highlights the fact that Christians have suffered increased violence and oppression in India after the 2014 rise to power of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And in China, "intolerance was on the rise, as evidenced by a renewed clampdown on dissident clergy and destruction of churches as well as crosses and other Christian symbols."

The report claims that the UN failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway.

It adds, "At a time in the West when there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality, it is ironic that in much of the secular media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians."

Prominent religious freedom advocate and evangelical figure Johnnie Moore earlier this month released a new book highlighting word-for-word testimonies of Christians worldwide who have endured severe persecution and know what it truly means to be willing to die for Christ.

"Most of the stories in the book are recent stories, except for a few stories that are from the late '90s," Moore, an informal adviser to the Trump administration and a former senior vice president for communications at Liberty University, told The Christian Post in an interview.

"We intentionally chose to include countries that have received less attention, countries like Eritrea, Nigeria and regular people. There are some pastors and leaders in the book but there are more regular, everyday Christians who have this amazing faith."

Friday
Oct132017

Clemson Helps Deter Drones in Public Places

CLEMSON — Technology to detect and deter drone activity has been developed in recent years in response to privacy and safety concerns, however, it is often too expensive for smaller organizations.

Knowing there is growing need for more affordable options, the National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson and Duke universities a $750,000, three-year grant to create a more economical solution for public spaces. The effectiveness of their designs will be tested at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Hala Nassar, a landscape architecture professor in Clemson’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, is the university’s principal investigator (PI). She and co-PI Robert Hewitt, an associate professor of landscape architecture, will provide expertise on how to best design drone-deterring structures so there is minimal impact on the aesthetical composition of outdoor environments.

“When people are enjoying a public space, the last thing they want to see is industrial-looking features. The design question then becomes how do we provide users with a sense of safety and privacy while preserving the natural character of the outdoor space,” said Nassar. “We’re looking forward to answering that question with Duke and developing state-of-the-art designs that will allow for passive countermeasures of drones nationwide.”

Mary “Missy” Cummings, mechanical engineering and materials science professor and director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, will lead Duke’s research efforts.

“Public space managers don’t often have the budget for expensive active drone countermeasures,” said Cummings. “If strategically placed shade canopies and trees or directed lighting can achieve the same results, we want to let people know how best to use them.”

Currently, there are more than 600,000 drones registered with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and it is likely there are many more that are unregistered. This, in part, is due to the rise of social media photographers and the decreasing cost of tools that can help capture the perfect image. The FAA anticipates that sales of drones will rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, likely causing an increased presence of drones in public spaces.

Drones aren’t just changing the way we see the world through videography and photography, they’re also changing how we do business. Amazon’s Prime Air is a glimpse of what the future will look like. While these advances are intended to make life easier, doing business better and providing services faster, there are also risks, like those at recent music and sporting events.

These are the occurrences that the interdisciplinary and interinstitutional team will seek to prevent by determining how organizations can create public spaces that promote positive uses of drones while inhibiting pranksters and potentially malicious pilots.

“The innovative research being done by Clemson landscape architecture professors Hala and Robert will help preserve and enrich the experience of public spaces for years to come,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. “We are grateful for the partnership with Duke and the support of the National Science Foundation as we address the modern challenge of drones.”

Friday
Oct132017

Trump Cuts Off Health Insurance Subsidies to Poor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Democrats to make a healthcare deal after cutting off Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients in a forceful move that sparked threats of legal action and concern of chaos in insurance markets. 

“ObamaCare is a broken mess,” Trump tweeted early on Friday. “Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!” 

The decision is the most dramatic action Trump has taken yet to weaken the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, which extended insurance to 20 million Americans. 

The move drew swift condemnation from Democrats and threats from state attorneys general in New York and California to file lawsuits. Trump, a Republican, urged opponents to reach out to him. 

“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” Trump said in another tweet on Friday. 

Trump has been frustrated by Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare, thwarting a promise he made during his successful 2016 presidential campaign. 

His decision is likely to please those among his political base who detest the Obamacare system, which many Republicans have attacked for years as an unneeded government intrusion in Americans’ healthcare. 

In a nod to that same constituency, the president signed an executive order earlier on Thursday to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans exempt from Obamacare requirements. 

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi derided the subsidies cut-off in a joint statement, saying Trump would single-handedly push Americans’ healthcare premiums higher. 

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” they said. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

Friday
Oct132017

Study: Light Therapy May Ease Bipolar Disorder

People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests.

With light therapy, people spend time sitting in close proximity to a light-emitting box -- in this case, bright white light -- with exposures increasing from 15 minutes per day to a full hour over a period of weeks.

The study found that within a month the therapy helped treat depression in people with bipolar disorder.

"Effective treatments for bipolar depression are very limited," noted lead researcher Dr. Dorothy Sit.

"This gives us a new treatment option for bipolar patients that we know gets us a robust response within four to six weeks," said Sit, who is associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago.

According to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, bipolar disorder "is a brain and behavior disorder characterized by severe shifts in a person's mood and energy, making it difficult for the person to function." Over 5.7 million Americans are thought to have the disorder, which often involves depressive episodes.

As Sit's team noted, prior research had shown that morning light therapy reduces symptoms of depression in people with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a condition where winter's reduced light spurs depression.

However, it's also been noted that light therapy can sometimes cause side effects, such as mania, in people with bipolar disorder.

Still, the Northwestern team wondered if the treatment might not have a role for bipolar patients with at least moderate depression who were also taking a mood stabilizer drug.

In the study, 46 patients received either a 7,000 lux bright white light or a 50 lux light that acted as the "placebo arm" of the trial.

The study participants were told to place the light box about one foot from their face for 15 minutes between noon and 2:30 p.m. each day at the start of the study.

Over six weeks, the patients increased their light therapy "doses" in 15-minute increments until they reached a dose of 60 minutes per day -- or had a significant change in their mood.

Compared with people in the placebo group, those in the treatment group were more likely to have significant improvements, Sit's team said.

More than 68 percent of patients in the treatment group achieved a normal mood versus 22 percent of those in the placebo group, the findings showed. Patients in the treatment group also had a much lower average depression score than those in the placebo group, and significantly higher functioning, meaning they could return to work or complete household tasks they hadn't been able to finish before treatment.

Significantly, none of the patients experienced mania or hypomania, a condition that includes a period of elation, euphoria, irritability, agitation, rapid speech, racing thoughts, a lack of focus and risk-taking behaviors.

"As clinicians, we need to find treatments that avoid these side effects and allow for a nice, stable response. Treatment with bright light at midday can provide this," Sit said in a university news release.

Two psychiatrists agreed that the therapy may have merit for patients, who often have few options.

"No standard antidepressants are approved for treatment of bipolar depression," said Dr. Seth Mandel, who directs psychiatry at Northwell Health's Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. He added that antipsychotics that are approved for bipolar disorder often come with side effects that cause many patients to stop using them.

Light therapy "offers us another option, one that certainly appears to do no harm," Mandel said.

Thursday
Oct122017

Three S.C. Congressmen Vote "No" on Disaster Relief Bill

South Carolina Republican Reps. Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan and Ralph Norman all said last month they were open to voting yes on hurricane relief packages as long as they didn’t include unrelated provisions.

On Thursday, when presented with the second installment of aid to help natural disaster-ravaged parts of California, Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida, each lawmaker voted no. The bill passed, 353-69. All 69 no votes came from Republicans.

The South Carolina lawmakers’ votes show just how difficult it is, and will be, for fiscal conservatives to rally behind legislation that spends money without corresponding cuts to other programs.

This is just the second of what is expected to be several subsequent aid packages as the federal government is compelled to respond to three hurricanes and historically devastating wildfires that hit areas of the country in swift succession.

It also demonstrates how the definition of “unrelated provisions” is tenuous and open to interpretation.

In September, when Republicans put the first round of disaster relief funding on the floor, the $15.25 billion was included in a legislative package along with an extension of the nation’s borrowing limit and three more months of government funding. Sanford of Mount Pleasant, Duncan of Laurens and Norman of Rock Hill all voted no. They chafed not at the price tag, but the vehicle.

“We reached debt ceiling in May, and the Treasury ought to show us a plan,” Duncan told reporters at the time. “You can’t keep borrowing money. We’re going to be $22 trillion in debt, and I’ll tell you, the folks in South Carolina are concerned we’re not doing enough to address our deficit spending and our debt.”

Sanford and Norman each said in September they would even be open to voting for hurricane relief money without immediate offsets.

“I think things always ought to be offset ... (but) it doesn’t have to be perfectly timed,” said Sanford, explaining that “pay-for’s” could be found at a later date.

“I will vote for a clean bill, just not with the pork that’s put on it,” said Norman, adding that he was “all for” an emergency aid bill without offsets.

The $36.5 billion disaster aid package on the House floor Thursday was, generally speaking, “clean.” It only included money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund to address damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, plus funding for wildfire suppression efforts.

It also included some subsidized loans to Puerto Rico, where the majority of residents are still without electricity, and debt forgiveness for the National Flood Insurance Program, which is struggling financially and needs a robust reauthorization before the year’s end. Both are directly related to the outcomes of the disasters that have occurred over the past month. 

The House’s staunchest fiscal conservatives have argued that the Puerto Rico loan payment won’t ever be returned, as the territory continues to deal with financial problems. They also called the flood insurance allocation tantamount to a $16 billion bailout.

Sanford and Norman fell into this category, saying these two provisions disqualified them from supporting the underlying bill.

In an interview with McClatchy, Sanford said the $16 billion debt relief to the National Flood Insurance Program was “unprecedented,” and faulted GOP leaders for not including components of the reauthorization that the House Financial Services Committee had recently adopted.

“It opens up this new really frightening pattern of just simply ‘forgiving debt,’” said Sanford. “If it was as easy as just wiping it away, I guess we ought to do it all the time. That $16 billion just got added to the national debt.”

As for Puerto Rico, Sanford added, “How in the world will you get paid back by a government that already has a financial control board running it? I think it’s not the kind of loan that most bank would grant.”

In a statement to McClatchy, Norman agreed. 

“I support disaster relief efforts for the people afflicted by the recent natural disasters in our country. However, leaving the taxpayer on the hook for $16 billion without structural reform to the National Flood Insurance Program is irresponsible,” said Norman. “Tying this reckless measure to disaster relief for American citizens is callous and cruel.”

Duncan declined to comment on his no vote but he likely opposed the measure for similar reasons.

Reps. Trey Gowdy, Tom Rice and Joe Wilson, all Republicans, voted for the bill. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Democrat, was absent and did not vote.

Thursday
Oct122017

ACLU Wants Public Defenders for Municipal Courts in S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A civil rights organization is suing two South Carolina towns hoping to require lawyers be made to anyone facing charges in municipal courts that could sent them to jail.

The American Civil Liberties Union says most of South Carolina's 212 municipal courts don't give defendants lawyers if they ask for one.

The courts handle misdemeanor matters, but often the punishment is a fine or jail time if the fine can't be paid.

Thursday's lawsuit was filed against Bluffton and Beaufort.

Bluffton spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka says the town has a contract with a private lawyer to be a public defender. She says the town tells its judges to tell defendants they have a right to an attorney and one will be provided if they can't afford it.

Thursday
Oct122017

Amateur B.A.S.S. Championship Next Week at Green Pond

Amateur bass anglers from the 47 states. and nine foreign nations will compete next week at Green Pond Landing on Hartwell Lake in the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, presented by Magellan Outdoors. The competition is Oct. 19-21 with the tournament based in Anderson.

What began as an American sport has grown globally through the B.A.S.S. membership, and specifically through the club network known as the B.A.S.S. Nation. The qualifiers advanced through local, state and regional club tournaments to reach the championship.

Joining anglers from 47 states are those from Mexico, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the province of Ontario and the Republic of South Africa.

Also on the qualifier list is the Paralyzed Veterans of America champion and defending championship winner Ryan Lavigne of Gonzales, La. The Ascension Area Anglers club member scouted the tournament fishery just prior to the official off-limits period that began in mid-September. 

The Top 3 anglers from the championship advance to the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The Classic is March 16-18 on Lake Hartwell. 

The Top 3 anglers also earn paid entry fees in the division of their choosing for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, and use of a B.A.S.S. Nation’s Best Phoenix Boat package for one year.

The Bryan V. Kerchal Memorial Trophy, a Skeeter ZX200 rigged with Yamaha SHO 200 outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics are part of the winner's prize package. The winner also receives a berth in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series, with $16,000 paid toward the entries.

The runner-up receives a Skeeter TZX190 and Yamaha SHO 150, rigged with the same accessories as the winner’s boat. The nonboater champion receives a Skeeter TZX190 package rigged with those same accessories, paid entries in an Opens division, and a Classic Marshal spot.

A Triton 189 TRX, Yamaha VF150LA and Triton standard equipment will go to the third-place angler. 

Daily launch and takeoff time is 7:30 a.m. The weigh-in begins at 3:45 p.m. Both events will be held at Green Pond Landing and Event Center in Anderson. 

Bassmaster.com will provide extensive coverage of the tournament to include daily stories, videos and photo galleries.

Thursday
Oct122017

Furman Head Coach to Speak at TD Club

Furman University head football Coach Clay Hendrix will be the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Anderson Area Touchdown Club on Friday.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Anderson Couty Library. Visitors are welcome.

For more information, call 226-7380.

Thursday
Oct122017

Greenville to Host S.C. NAACP Meeting for First Time

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The City of Greenville is hosting South Carolina's NAACP state convention for the first time.

Starting Thursday, WSPA-TV reports that the annual gathering is getting underway in Greenville.

Greenville branch J.M. Flemming says it's the first time in 109 that the Upstate city has hosting the gathering. Events start Thursday night with a dinner and honors ceremony. Workshops and seminars are taking place Friday through Sunday.

More than 1,000 attendees are expected to be on hand for the convention, which is free and open to the public.

Thursday
Oct122017

Sheriff's Department Gets Defibrillator from FOP

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 10 through a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant.

The FOP leadership team presented Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride with the AED, which will be placed in a road patrol deputy’s vehicle. AEDs are devices that measure heart rhythm and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

Law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive on a scene, especially in rural areas, and these devices are becoming more and more important for emergency response. FOP Lodge 10 president.

“We are extremely thankful for our partnership with the FOP and the positive impact they make on public safety through this type of donation,” McBride said. “Lifesaving tools, like this AED in a deputy vehicle, will definitely provide essential care to potentially save a life.” 

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.