CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Cape Coral police cruisers will soon be armed with a life-saving weapon: automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs. Officers will be trained on how to use them.
An AED delivers an electric shock to your heart when it stops. The police department wants to buy 30 to put in officers' cruisers.
The cost is 50 thousand dollars, and Cape police say the money is from state forfieture funds.
"Those would be the ill-gotten gains that criminals may have obtained in the course of their criminal activity," explained Sgt. Dana Coston.
Right now there are 32 AEDs positioned in buildings and schools around the city of Cape Coral. The new program is a joint effort between the police and fire departments, along with the city's medical director.
"This collaborative effort will allow us to provide the best level care to our citizens 24 hours a day," said Capt. Michael Heeder with the Cape Coral Fire Department.
The fire department will train the police officers how to use the devices.
"Everyone is working on one unified mission and that is to save lives," Capt. Heeder said.