Riggs Ambulance donates defibrillators to Livingston PD

Riggs Ambulance Service said it will donate three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in case of sudden cardiac arrest to the Livingston Police Department.

Dave Axsom, operations manager, and Greg Peterson, operations supervisor, will train the Livingston Police Department on the use of the AED. According to the American Heart Association, 250,000 people die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) before they reach a hospital. SCA is an electrical malfunction of the heart, disrupting that muscle's normal rhythm, Riggs said in a news release.

If untreated, this abrupt loss of heart function results in sudden cardiac death within minutes of onset. Many of those lives could be saved if trained responders like the Livingston Police Department, provide defibrillation within minutes of collapse, the release said.

The company said it was the sixth donation of AEDs it has provided to Merced County. In 2009, Riggs Ambulance donated five units to the Los Banos Fire Department, five units to the Los Banos Police Department, one unit to the Dos Palos Rescue Squad, one unit to the Merced County Sheriff's Department Dive Team and seven to the Merced Police Department.