St. Joseph County Police receive donation of defibrillator

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In this Tuesday, July 1, 2014 photo, an emergency defibrillator, used to treat life threatening conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart such as cardiac arrhythmia, hangs on the wall at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A new Illinois law prompted by the death of a high school student during dance practice requires students learn CPR and how to operate Automated External Defibrillators machines used to treat emergency heart problems. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A heart defibrillator has been donated to the St. Joseph County Police.

In a ceremony Monday in South Bend, the Cardiac Science Corporation made the donation.

The ceremony was in honor of Alex Verba, who died after suffering a heart attack on Christmas day. His wife Teri is a cardiologist in Elkhart who works with the Cardiac Science Corporation.

The group says law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive in an emergency, and being supplied with a defibrillator could make the difference in saving a life.

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