Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills says new automatic external defibrillators are needed for emergency responders through the county.The last fund drive to buy AEDs was held in January, 2000. In 2011, the Public Health division donated four new defibrillators to replace the most outdated models at a cost of about $2,000 each.

Sheriff Mills says since the Delaware County population is distributed sparsely, defibrillators should be standard equipment in all vehicles used by emergency responders. Sheriff Mills says the project is ambitious and expensive but necessary.

The fundraiser is being jointly sponsored by the Delaware County Sheriff's office and the Delaware County Emergency Services Department.

Donations can be made payable to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at 280 Phoebe Lane, Suite One, Delhi, N.Y. 13753 and designate 'defibrillator fund' on the reference line.

The Delaware County website, including the Sheriff's Office page can be found at www.co.delaware.ny.us.