A Newtown Boy Scout has inspired a project with the Police Department. Ross Salvo was born with disabilities and passed in 2018 at age 12. His parents were involved in Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Pat as a paramedic and Diane as an EMT. In order to keep his legacy and love for EMS alive, his family learned that the Police Department needed Automatic External Defibrillators. Working with Blair Balmforth, Danbury Hospitals Regional EMS Coordinator and Manager of Emergency Management, they learned it was a complicated process. They had to petition the state to get a certificate of need. All Newtown Police officers are trained as First Responders to be able to use AEDs. Some $27,000 in donations were raised to purchase 13 refurbished AED unit, one for each patrol car as well as the supervisor’s cars. Funding is available to make sure that these units will be properly supplied and maintained.