SHERIFF’S UNITS TO GET NEW DEFIBRILLATORS, THANKS TO ANONYMOUS DONOR

SHERIFF’S UNITS TO GET NEW DEFIBRILLATORS, THANKS TO ANONYMOUS DONOR

Doña Ana County Sheriff Juan Hernandez has announced that his department will be one of the prime beneficiaries of an anonymous donor’s $42,000 for the purpose of placing portable defibrillators throughout the county.

Defibrillators are machines used to apply an electric shock to the chest area. They are useful for restoring a regular heart rhythm to people who are suffering heart attacks or abnormal heart rhythms.

Hernandez said the donation was received in April, and the purchase of defibrillators will be made in the near future after an assessment of needs county-wide. Each unit costs about $500, meaning that about 80 of the devices could be purchased with the donation. Hernandez said he is hopeful that at least 40 Sheriff’s Department patrol units will be equipped with the machines.

Hernandez said deputies who use the equipped vehicles will be trained in the proper use of the devices, and he predicted that having the units in the patrol cars will help deputies save lives in the event they arrive at the scene of a medical emergency before the arrival of ambulance or fire-rescue personnel.

“This is an incredibly generous donation that will help our deputies in the field to provide life-saving services without delay upon arrival at a medical emergency,” Hernandez said. “This is an example of a community member with a big heart of their own, and my department is very grateful for the benefits we will derive from this donation.”

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.