Marv Andree's Mission to Help Save More Lives


Oconto, Wis. — The odds of surviving out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are less than 10%. And no one knows that better than Marv Andree.

Marv Andree - SCA Survivor on a Mission
Marv Andree raises funds for more AEDs in his community.
Photo credit: WLUK FOX 11 News

Earlier this year, Andree experienced sudden cardiac arrest while driving. Fortunately, Andree was spotted by Deputy Joe LeBreck who had the only automated external defibrillator (AED) in the county in his squad car. It was a ZOLL® AED Plus® and LeBreck used it to help save Andree's life.

Today Andree and his wife Dawn are using his positive outcome to make sure every patrol car in Oconto County is equipped with an AED. They recently raised $8,000 through candy bar sales and donations to buy at least six AEDs for the Oconto County Sheriff's Office. The department was also able to get two special carriers for the AEDs so recreational deputies can bring them along when they patrol on boats, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

The couple says it was family, friends, and support from the community that allowed their fundraising efforts to be so successful. Andree says he will continue to raise money to buy more AEDs until every county squad car has one. To do that, the department will need an additional 14 AEDs.

According to Deputy LeBreck, having the lifesaving equipment in squad cars will give deputies the chance to provide an advanced level of care to citizens, whether they come through or live in the communities.

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