CLAYTON TOWNSHIP — The Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club of Oakland, Michigan, made a special trip to Clayton Township on Thursday to present the township police department with a new, state-of-the-art automated external defibrillator.
“We are all very well aware of the importance of having up-to-date equipment,” said club member Mark Soffin, retired commander of the state police Bridgeport Post.
The Wild Pigs is made up of current and retired police officers who provide support to law enforcement agencies throughout the state, particularly the smaller agencies that may need help purchasing critical equipment, Soffin said.
In rural areas, the police are likely to be the first on scene of medical emergencies, he said.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving on a medical emergency and not having the equipment you need,” Soffin said.
The Clayton Township Police Department has AEDs, but they’re about 17 years old, said Detective Sgt. Troy Belanger.
“They’re two or three generations behind the times,” Belanger said. “They still work, but the newer ones are more sensitive and can analyze things better, and the batteries are a heck of a lot cheaper.”
The AED donations are just one of the ways the Wild Pigs give back. They also support a room at Mott Children’s Hospital so families can stay near critically ill children, they donate funds in cases where officers are injured or killed in the line of duty, and they provide mass casualty first aid kits and tourniquet kits.
The club has fundraisers throughout the year and 100 percent of proceeds go to their charitable programs.