Defibrillators to be put into eight vehicles

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Havelock Police Officer K.C. Schutzman holds one of the new automatic external defibrillators that will be placed into eight patrol cars. The devices may help save the lives of heart attack victims.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:10 PM.

Havelock police officers are almost always the first on the scene to emergency calls in the city, and about a third of those calls involve possible heart attacks.

Those heart attack patients will soon have a greater chance of survival with the addition of eight automatic external defibrillators that will be place in Havelock police cars.

"If you’re going to have a heart attack, Havelock is the place to do it," said Steve Coffey, chief of operations for the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department.

The eight defibrillators are part of a $140,000 project, with the money coming from state 911 funds.

Havelock had already placed defibrillators in the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, the Havelock Senior Center and the Havelock Recreation Center. Defibrillators are also included in all of its four ambulances.

Coffey said adding the life-saving equipment to police cars will improve the chances a heart attack victim will survive. He said the quicker a victim’s heart can be jump-started with an electric shock from a defibrillator, the more oxygen can be pumped to vital organs.

"Every minute increases you chance of survival by 10 percent," Coffey said.

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