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SDPD receives 15 donated AED defibrillators

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Local law enforcement now has the tools to better care for victims of heart trauma.

The San Diego Police Department received 15 defibrillators Wednesday. They'll be kept in the cars of field sergeants and can mean the difference between life and death.

"Well the police are the first to receive the 911 calls, regardless of the type of emergency it is. So if they're equipped with this lifesaving AED equipment, they can make a tremendous impact on survivability rates of people who have sudden cardiac arrest," said Fire Chief Javier Mainar with San Diego Fire Rescue. "The key to surviving cardiac arrest is to have bystander CPR and the application of a shock via one of these machines when it's indicated. That will save for more lives than any paramedic, firefighter, EMT, or doctor."

Representatives of Las Patronas made the donation possible.

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