NM police to purchase lifesaving devices

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A donation from the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation and Lovelace Medical Center will help state police purchase defibrillators.

The $15,000 donation was announced Friday. Police will be presented with a check from the two organizations during a ceremony in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

About the size of a laptop, the devices deliver an electrical current through the chest to the heart to correct a critically irregular heartbeat.

State Police will roll out the defibrillators to officers in rural areas first, where waiting time for emergency medical crews to arrive becomes a critical factor in whether a heart attack victim survives.

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