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Hardeeville police, fire have something new and useful in emergency vehicles

More than CPR — The argument for defibrillators in all patrol cars

The Bluffton parents who lost their little boy to a drowning in 2015 are campaigning for automatic external defibrillators (AED's) in every area patrol car. The first responder to 8-year-old Gavin Quance did not have the device. Emergency official
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The Bluffton parents who lost their little boy to a drowning in 2015 are campaigning for automatic external defibrillators (AED's) in every area patrol car. The first responder to 8-year-old Gavin Quance did not have the device. Emergency official

The City of Hardeeville and the Arrhythmia Alliance announced a partnership to place automated external defibrillators in Hardeeville Police Department and Fire Department vehicles.

The alliance’s goal is to proved approximately 26 vehicles with an AED to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest, according to an Arrhythmia Alliance news release.

“As a survivor who stopped breathing and CPR failed to revive, I am truly an example of being saved because an AED was on site at the Sun City softball field,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said. “To have an AED unit in the possession of every first responder is so important, especially in a region with so many seniors.”

The alliance successfully placed 31 AEDs in all of the Bluffton Police Department’s patrol vehicles and launched a second phase of the project to make more AEDs available in the Bluffton community, the release said.

To learn more about the alliance or to donate, email info-us@defibssavelives.org or s.horstman@heartrhythmalliance.org, or call 843-415-1886.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner

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