PERTH AMBOY – The City of Perth Amboy recently received a $5,000 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to help the city purchase three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for its police department, which are life-saving, portable devices that can check the heart rhythm and are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. If needed, an AED can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
“The Perth Amboy Police Department is grateful and pleased to have received the $5,000 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation,” said Chief Benjamin Ruiz of the Perth Amboy Police Department. “Having AED units available in our police vehicles makes a tremendous difference in our community, providing assistance in a medical emergency and, at the same time, improving chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.”
Accredited in June 2009, the Perth Amboy Police Department has 132 uniformed officers, which are supported by 10 Special Class I and four Special Class II part-time police officers; 42 volunteer auxiliary police officers, civilian 9-1-1 dispatchers and civilian report takers; and a complement of non-uniformed civilian support personnel, including a domestic violence response team and a civilian emergency response team.
“Having this equipment readily accessible can sometimes mean the difference between life and death for an individual,” said Jane Kurek, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation. “It is critical for the Perth Amboy Police Department to have these devices on hand, and we are pleased to be able provide them with that support.”
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