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The Indiana State Police Jasper Post is calling on runners, walkers, and fitness gurus to help Troopers raise funding for “Bolt For the Heart”, a non-profit organization that, since 2015, has been working to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for troopers patrolling Indiana’s roadways.

An AED is a portable electronic unit that is used to assist in diagnosing and treating individuals who are experiencing a possibly life-threatening cardiac episode. The device treats patients with defibrillation to restore a proper heart rhythm. Since the initial deployment of the units in state patrol cars, troopers have used the AED units to save numerous lives.

To register, visit the Bolt For The Heart website by going to boltfortheheart.com/events/virtual-race-5k/ and sign up.

A $20 entry fee will include a 2017 Custom Finisher Medal and Commemorative Race Bib. While the official event will take place on Thursday, November 23rd in Carmel, local events are being planned, and the opportunity to participate in a “virtual run” is an option.

Continue to monitor “@ispjasper” on Facebook and Twitter for updated dates, times and locations!

If you are not able to participate in a 5K event but still wish to financially contribute, you can still be an active helper by making a donation of any amount to Bolt For The Heart by clicking here, scrolling down, and clicking “Donate”.

Since partnering with the Indiana State Police, Bolt For The Heart has purchased more than 200 AED units. As a goal for 2017, Bolt For The Heart wants to raise $300,000, which would purchase 250 additional AEDs to be deployed with troopers statewide.

First Sergeant Aaric Correll, assistant commander of the Jasper Post says they are grateful for the partnership with Bolt For The Heart and appreciate the community support to raise funds for this life saving equipment.

He says they know everyone has busy schedules, so anyone who cannot join them on the run date, they hope you’ll consider a donation of any amount to help them reach their goal.

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