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Police and AED help save Laurel man's life

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 55-year-old Laurel man is alive after local police and a piece of equipment recently installed in patrol cars helped save his life.

On November 11, four Laurel Police officers responded to a suspicious activity call at 500 Eight St. in Laurel and found a man lying face down in the middle of the road. The man was non-responsive. He was not breathing and the officers could not find any signs of life.

The officers initiated CPR, but he was still non-responsive. An automated electronic defibrillator--or AED was then used on the man.

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They shocked him twice, restarting his heart. The man was then transported to Laurel Regional Hospital in stable condition.

If it were not for a donation of 100 AEDs from Rescue One Training for Life LLC, a rescue like this one would have been impossible.

"The benefit of having these AEDs in the cars is tremendous, especially when time is short," said Police Chief Richard McLaughlin. "We can see now from this instance that they are truly life-savers."

Last year, Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe commissioned all city owned vehicles, including 68 patrol cars, to be equipped with an AED.

Besides equipping all city-owned vehicles with AEDs, Mayor Moe would like to see AEDs placed in all city facilities. Moe also hopes this incident would inspire residents to learn life-saving techniques.

"This is a good time to urge the public to get CPR training and learn how to use an AED too," said Mayor Moe. "With winter sports, snow shoveling, and family gathering on the horizon, it's nice to know if you had only seconds to save a life, you'd know what to do."

This is the second time Laurel Police have used an AED in an emergency situation. However, this is the first time, officers were successful in saving a life. The first time the AED was used, it was too late to save the victim when officers arrived.

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