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Rotary raising $100,000 to equip Plant City police with life-saving devices

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Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2013 at 09:49 AM

PLANT CITY – A local service club is trying to raise $100,000 to equip police officers with portable devices that can restore the heart’s rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

The Rotary Club of Plant City wants to buy an automated external defibrillator for each of the police department’s 68 patrol vehicles. Currently, the department has four defibrillators, which are passed from shift to shift.

Police Chief Steve Singletary said police officers often reach patients in cardiac arrest before ambulance crews. Equipping each patrol car with the devices can save lives by ensuring that the first officer has one to use immediately, he said.

Rotary Club President Aaron M. Davis said the $100,000 will pay for the defibrillators and for four years of maintenance.

The club is planning to use the proceeds from its popular Dancing with the Locals for the project. Davis said he thinks the goal is attainable given the fundraiser’s popularity.

Dancing with the Locals is similar to TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and proceeds always go to charity. This year’s fundraiser will be Nov. 15 and feature 10 or 11 couples who will dance to impress a panel of judges and the audience.

The couples raise money from sponsors and audience donations.

For information, contact the club at rotarypc@gmail.com.

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