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South Jordan making more defibrillators available

By Marc Giauque | Posted - Oct 23rd, 2008 @ 6:37am



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South Jordan is getting serious about saving lives. Dozens of defibrillators are being distributed throughout town.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to people in cardiac arrest. In South Jordan, they hope to have an AED within about a minute's brisk walk of just about anywhere.

"We have them in every police vehicle. We have them in every city-owned facility, even our concession stands," said Fire Captain Nathan Morreale.

He and others today will put into service more than 80 defibrillators, including five at Bingham High School.

Morreale says city leaders feel passionate about the potentially heart-saving devices. He knows of at least three cases in which an AED has been used before paramedics arrived.

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