Marana police receive life-saving devices

Marana police receive life-saving devices

By Seth Pines / Tucson News Now Intern

Marana Police Department patrol cars will now be equipped with new devices to help save cardiac arrest victims.

The police department has received a donation of nine new AED's from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation, in addition to the six that the foundation had previously donated.

AED's (automated external defibrillators), are used to analyze heart rhythms of cardiac arrest victims and deliver an electric shock to restore their heart back to its normal rhythm, according to a news release.

Marana police said police officers are often first on scene when a cardiac event is reported.

There is a better chance a cardiac victim can be saved by placing AED's in patrol cars with police officers who are trained to use these life-saving devices.

Along with the donations of the AED's, the Arizona based Gootter Foundation provides training on how to use an AED and continuous chest compressions for each recipient.

"If one of these devices is able to save just one person's life, then your donations will have more than paid for themselves," said Terry Rozema, chief of Marana police in the news release.

As of July 2009, the Gootter Foundation had donated more than 180 AED's to schools, recreational centers, places of worship and public places in southern Arizona.

The Oro Valley Police Department was given 12 AED's by the Gootter Foundation last week.

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