The Steven M. Gootter Foundation last Friday presented the Marana Police Department with six automated external defibrillators to be distributed among Marana patrol cars. AEDs are lifesaving devices administered to sudden cardiac victims within the first 10 minutes of a cardiac event. Survival is often predicated by being in the right place at the right time as every minute is critical.
Police officers are often first on the scene when a cardiac event is reported. Although one can never predict when and where a sudden cardiac event will take place, by placing AEDs in patrol cars with officers who have been trained on how to use these devices, there is a greater chance the victim can be saved.
The Town of Marana and the Marana Police Department are extremely grateful to the Gootter Foundation for its generosity. We are proud of the partnership our organizations have built and we look forward to continuing to work together.
Since July 2009, the Gootter Foundation has distributed more than 110 AEDs to schools, places of warship, recreational centers and public places throughout Southern Arizona. Training on the use of the AED and continuous chest compression is provided for each recipient.