Currently, the Rockford Police Department is the area's only local law enforcement agency without defibrillators in their squad cars.
Area nurses are raising money to put 100 defibrillators, or AEDs, in police squad cars.
Doctors say this is important because police often perform CPR at accident scenes. The portable machines shock the heart to restore its normal rhythm.
With nurses pursuing Rockford businesses for support, police officers are hopeful their vehicles will soon be stocked with AEDs.
"These machines do a lot, I'm hoping that we will be able to have these in our cars, and hopefully save some lives here in Rockford," Detective Patrick Koey said.
The American Heart Association estimates that each year, 50,000 deaths could be prevented if AEDs were more readily available for rescue units around the country.
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