The defibrillator cost nearly $1,800, and will be kept in a patrol car for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, according to Police Chief Steve Schuck.
The device is automated and speaks to the user once it is turned on. It then instructs the user exactly how to use it, step -by- step.
Chief Schuck said, "It is a first response tool, as police are usually more apt to be the first on a scene. All officers are certified in using it as part of their CPR training."
The Cherokee Police Department wrote up the grant and submitted it to the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation, which awarded them the appropriate funds.
When minutes matter, Schuck stated, "It's a good tool to have."