The Verona Police Department has recently trained officers to use life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens, and has added them to the officers’ response kits thanks to a donation from a Cedar Grove pharmacy.
“As our officers are most commonly the first on the scene of any medical emergency, these will serve as crucial pieces of equipment to combat a severe allergic reaction,” the VPD said on Facebook. “At the direction of Captain Wardrope, both adult and pediatric kits will be deployed on each shift in the event of an emergency call involving anaphylactic shock.”
The Police Department said the Lt. Shafer led the initiative, with oversight from Dr. Thomas McCarrick of Vanguard Medical Group. The training was coordinated by Ricky Tempesta of the Verona Rescue Squad.
Amin Amireh (pictured above) and Dr. Margaret Amireh of The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Cedar Grove donated half of the cost for the EpiPen kits.