53 King County WA deputies to get defibrillators

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The King County sheriff's office says 53 deputies are being trained and equipped with portable heart defibrillators so they can be dispatched to cardiac arrest calls along with medics.

A deputy who arrives first at a call can start resuscitation and deliver the first defibrillator shocks. Medics can then take over.

Dr. Mickey Eisenberg of King County Emergency Medical Services said Wednesday the move "will definitely save lives."

Fifteen deputies have already been trained and equipped with the remainder joining the program over the next few months as they complete training. All the deputies involved have asked to participate.