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    Parents of Jaxton, the first baby in Arizona to have melody valve implantation in the mitral position. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Parents of Jaxton, the first baby in Arizona to have melody valve implantation in the mitral position. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

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  • Why a TUSD school monitor walked off the job

    Why a TUSD school monitor walked off the job

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    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Kezia Willingham walked away from Blenman Elementary in Tucson after barely three months on the job. She took a job as a part time library assistant, then picked up some hours as a campus monitor to qualify for insurance. The violence that she witnessed shocked her.

    Kezia Willingham walked away from Blenman Elementary in Tucson after barely three months on the job. She took a job as a part time library assistant, then picked up some hours as a campus monitor to qualify for insurance. The violence that she witnessed shocked her.

  • Tucson woman seriously hurt after running into rope strung across road

    Tucson woman seriously hurt after running into rope strung across road

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 5:12 PM EST2018-02-13 22:12:44 GMT
    Ron Bondy and Linda Gonzalez. (Source: Ron Brody / Facebook)Ron Bondy and Linda Gonzalez. (Source: Ron Brody / Facebook)

    A woman was seriously hurt last week when the motorcycle she was riding on ran into a rope that had been strung across a road on Tucson's southeast side.

    A woman was seriously hurt last week when the motorcycle she was riding on ran into a rope that had been strung across a road on Tucson's southeast side.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Police will have more life-saving tools to use when they get called out to a scene.

The Steven M. Gootter Foundation donated 50 AEDs to officers at Monday night's city council meeting. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator; they are known to save lives when used within the first ten minutes of a sudden cardiac event.

Lieutenant Matt Ronstadt said offices have always been trained on the technology but it has always been attached to a building. This will be the first time TPD can access the equipment while in the field.

The purpose of the donation is to get these AEDs inside patrol cars.  Many times police are first on the scene of an emergency call, before firefighters or an ambulance.  This will be the Steven M. Gootter Foundation's second AED donation to Tucson Police, bringing the total number of AEDs to 100. Andrew Messing, president of the foundation, said

“What’s so compelling about this, is the few cities that have already put this in place, is that the survivor rate is about five times higher than cities that don’t have it," he said. "We’re delighted for Tucson to be a model city.”

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