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Hagerstown Police to get 23 defibrillators

March 31, 2009

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to spend $28,635 to buy 23 portable defibrillators for the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said Monday that a majority of the defibrillators will be kept in squad cars so officers who arrive first on the scene can provide aid to cardiac victims. A few of the defibrillators will be kept in police headquarters to treat prisoners with cardiac problems, Smith said.

About $20,000 of the cost will be paid using grants, Smith said. Donations and money from the city's General Fund will pay the remainder of the cost.

Also Tuesday, the council approved spending:

o $14,000 to purchase two German shepherds for the police department. The money will include training for the handlers. An additional $7,000 will be earmarked for the purchase of the dogs in fiscal year 2009-10.

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o $43,229.30 to reconstruct an alley south of Randolph Avenue and east of Locust Street. The money will come from the General Fund.

o $75,340.50 to install a sidewalk along Dual Highway. The project will be paid for in full using funds from the State Highway Retrofit Sidewalk Program.

- Dan Dearth

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