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Kenmore police receive two defibrillators

The Kenmore Police Department received some lifesaving emergency medical equipment Monday from the James V. Ryan Foundation.

Two automated external defibrillators were donated to the Police Department to assist officers in providing immediate care during a cardiac emergency, Chief Peter J. Breitnauer said in a news release.

They are the department’s first units, he said. One will be placed inside the department’s Elmwood Avenue station and one will remain on the road for first aid calls.

AEDs restore spontaneous respiration and a pulse. Often, they work with the push of a button that triggers step-by-step voice prompts. The steps generally include placing patches on the person’s chest, turn on the unit, stand back and push a button to administer a shock.

The foundation purchased the units for $2,697 and Town of Tonawanda paramedics provided training to village police, Breitnauer said. The foundation has supplied schools and first responders with $1.2 million of equipment since 1985, officials said.