Tucson Police Department has received new medical devices used on heart attack victims to install in their cars.
The Steven M. Gootter Foundation awarded TPD with 50 automated external defibrillators, which are designed to easily diagnose and treat heart arrhythmia through simple aural and visual commands.
Officials with the Gootter Foundation said, since police patrol cars are often the first responder in emergency situations, the AEDs could make a notable difference in saving lives.
“What we have learned is that the cities that do have these in patrol cars, the survival rate for individuals that do have a sudden cardiac event is about 5 times greater than other cities around the nation," said Gootter Foundation President Andrew Messing.
Messing said the Gootter Foundation has already placed about 60 AEDs in other public locations around Tucson, such as schools, churches and athletic facilities.