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New CPR Device for Fayette County EMS Crews

FAYETTE CO. (CBS2/FOX28)--Some folks in northeast Iowa have a reason to celebrate tonight.

After a hefty donation, all ten of Fayette County emergency medical service agencies are now proud owners of a life saving device.

"Everybody is excited, said Susan DeCorte, President of the Ruth and Robert Walker Foundation.

Excited about a device that will save lives and change the way this rural community responds during emergencies.

"What we have found with this equipment is that it takes the burden off of the volunteer rescuers," she said.

She's talking about Lucas 2, an auto pulse device that mimics CPR compressions.

"This product is being used in Wes Des Moines. They have 60 units there; they have 60 units down in the Quad Cities, DaCorte said.

Her decision to bring the device to Fayette County is centered on a family tragedy.

"The fact that my grandfather died of sudden cardiac arrest has always hunted our family so to speak," she said.

Now her family is working to give others a second chance at life. Each Lucas 2 machine costs almost $15,000: money that will come from the Ruth and Robert Walker Foundation, Susans late uncle and aunt's trust fund.

"Our deepest heartfelt thank you to those folks. This especially an honor for Fayette County citizens, this is a very unique gift, said Sheriff Marty Fisher of Fayette County.

Another reason why this donation is so vital to Fayette County and the EMS team here: RAGBRAI

"Everybody will get training and everybody will be ready for RAGBRAI when it comes through town, DaCorte said.

Meaning ems teams will be better equipped for CPR emergencies when cyclists roll through Fayette come July.

"To make a difference in the lives of other Fayette County citizens is something I hope we'll be able to do in bigger ways down the road, she said.

Susan says the goal is to have everything ready to go by next month. That includes purchasing the Lucas 2 device and training all emergency crews. The foundation is donating more than $150,000 for the devices.
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