Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti, in partnership with the Niagara County Legislature, recently announced the acquisition and deployment of epinephrine auto-injector devices, also known as EpiPen. EpiPen is a life-saving medication used when someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Earlier this year, deputies received instruction on EpiPen usage as a part of their annual first aid training. Once that was completed, funding was approved by the Niagara County Legislature, and the devices were purchased.
Filicetti said, "It is vitally important that first responders are equipped with life-saving measures necessary for the care of the community we serve. I am pleased that every Niagara County Sheriff patrol car will now be equipped with EpiPen as a part of their medical response capabilities."
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "The Niagara County Legislature recognizes the importance of providing our Sheriff's Office with the tools they need to do their job and keep the public safe. That's why we supported funding to put an EpiPen in every patrol car, since sheriff deputies are often the first to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency. We appreciate that Sheriff Filicetti is always looking for ways to better meet the needs of the public."