The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office gets some new equipment that could save lives. Cherokee County law enforcement are now carrying automated external defibrillators. An AED is a portable device that automatically diagnoses and treats people suffering a life-threatening cardiac arrest. Cardiac Science gave officers the opportunity to learn how to properly use the lifesaving machines. Cardiac Science Senior Territory Manager Rob Williams says the AEDs are easy to use. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says if an AED saves just one life, they were worth the purchase. The Cherokee County Commission assisted in the purchase of the 17 AED units.