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Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is donating two automated external defibrillators to the La Crosse Police Department.

The AEDs, being presented today, will be in a squad car and a response boat in case officers need to provide CPR and help revive a heart attack victim.

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“Officers get many calls that may not seem medically related but are,” said Police Chief Ron Tischer. “We are typically first on the scene, so it’s critical that someone gets medical attention right away.”

Terre McJoynt, cardiology administrator at Mayo-Franciscan, said, “We want to help support local EMS, police and fire services. We are all a team.”

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