Don’s Guns owner provides funds for defibrillators-WEB ONLY

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Well-known local gun dealer
Don Davis essentially gave a blank check this morning to the Johnson County
Sheriff’s Department to equip its fleet of patrol cars with external

Three of the department’s cruisers already have the devices that shock the
heart back into normal rhythm. The contribution from Davis could enable the county to purchase 42
more defibrillators so every vehicle is outfitted.

“Whatever the sheriff says they need, I’ll give them,” Davis said.

The cost of a defibrillator typically runs between $1,500 and $2,500, meaning
he could donate more than $100,000.

The 75-year-old owner of Don’s Guns in Greenwood
said a column appearing last year in IBJ and written by IBJ Media Corp.
co-owner Mickey Maurer inspired him to make the donation.

Maurer wrote that Tim Russert, Washington
bureau chief for NBC and moderator of “Meet the Press,” may have been saved had
an external defibrillator been readily available. Davis said he was a “big fan” of Russert.

Doug Cox, chief deputy of the sheriff’s department in Franklin,
said Davis
gift means as much to him personally as it does professionally. Both of his
parents suffered near-fatal heart attacks and were revived by the devices.

“We’re in a rural community,” Cox said. “Many times our officers will beat
medical personnel to the scene.”

Davis started
his business in 1974 and is widely known for telling television viewers, “I
don’t want to make any money, I just love to sell guns.”

The site of this morning’s announcement was an ornamental rock that sits in the
lawn of Davis‘ home near Greenwood. An eagle, the U.S.
flag and the Second Amendment proclaiming the right to bear arms is inscribed
in the large rock, which is 8 feet long and 3 feet high.

The president of his neighborhood association last year attempted to have the
rock removed. Davis
said his neighbors didn’t complain, and today, “it’s still there.”

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