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Anonymous donor gifts Chisago County sheriff's deputies life-saving equipment

The gift was worth $10,000.

All Chisago County sheriff squad cars will be equipped with lifesaving gear thanks to a gift from an anonymous resident.

The inspiration for the gift of 8 AED defibrillators to Chisago County Sheriff's Office came from an article in the local newspaper.

In it, a sheriff's captain mentioned how they'd been using an AED to save the lives of those suffering from cardiac emergencies – before expressing dismay that they didn't have the budget to put one in every one of their patrol cars.

His wish was granted thanks to a local area resident, who bought the squad eight AEDs at a cost of $10,000.

The donor was humble with his gift too, requesting that the donation be made anonymously.

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"Our Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful for this donation and the selflessness displayed by the donor to give back to the community!" the sheriff's office said.

AEDs are portable devices that delivers an electric shock to the chest that is designed to reset the heart's rhythm.

Placing them in public places and in emergency responder vehicles can significantly increase the chances of saving someone in cardiac arrest.

The Southwestern Medical Center says that each minute that passes after a cardiac arrest, their survival rate drops 10 percent.

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