Lieutenant Javier Ortiz, Teresa Sarnoff, Chief of Police Rudy Llanes
- May 13, 2016
-- On Friday, May 6, Teresa Sarnoff donated eight automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) to the City of Miami Police Department for use in the patrol division. Sarnoff donated the final amounts she did not spend in her election for City of Miami Commissioner. Teresa previously donated to Lotus House to sponsor the rehabilitation of homeless women and to Animal Rescue.
"This final donation will allow properly trained officers [trained by the City Miami Fire Rescue Department] to immediately render assistance to victims of heart attacks, allowing patrol officers, often times moments away, to render immediate assistance, as opposed to waiting on Fire Rescue to arrive from its departmental station," Sarnoff stated.
Sarnoff went on to say, "This donation can save a life, but just as important, can be the start of improved relations for police officers who are more than often viewed in a negative light in some communities. Now, the officer may be rendering assistance to save a loved one, creating the opportunities for new dynamics between the police and the community - often only shared by Fire Rescue."
The City of Miami has 20 AEDs in police vehicles. The additional eight, which arethe later version G5, will bring the number to 28. Other cities, like Coral Gables, have more than 120 AEDs in patrol vehicles.
This year to date, City of Miami Police has saved four victims in four tries. Pete Chercot, a former City of Miami employee, andLieutenant Javier Ortiz were on hand to provide their firsthand lifesaving story, as Ortiz saved Chercot's life five years ago with the older G3 version.
Chief of Police Rudy Llanes was there to accept the donation, which was made at City of Miami Police Headquarters at 400 NW 2nd Avenue.
Sarnoff donated the money to the Jackson Memorial Health Foundation, which accepted the proceeds and then procured the eight AEDs from Cardiac Science.