Vernon County Sheriff thanks again the sponsors of the automated external defibrillators which are now located in every squad car.  Sheriff John Spears said the use of an AED over the weekend helped save the life of a La Crosse man.  “Saturday afternoon the Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a man down at ‘Larryfest’ on Valley Road in the Town of Whitestown.  Deputy Larry Howell responded to the location within minutes.  Trained medical personnel were performing CPR on the patient, 52-year old Roger Dahl.  Deputy Howell provided the medical personnel with the AED and Dahl was breathing after a second shock.  LaFarge EMS arrived and continued treatment.  Dahl was med-flown to Gundersen hospital in LaCrosse.  He has since been released and is home recuperating.”  In December 2012 the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase 20 AED units as a result of a grant and several generous donors.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, with only an 8-percent survival rate.  But communities with comprehensive AED programs have survival rates of 40-percent or higher according to the American Heart Association.