These law enforcement officers will be able to protect and serve better than ever before, thanks to their compassionate Native American neighbors.

The Snoqualmie Tribe of King County, Washington just donated 200 defibrillators to the King County Police Department and the Snoqualmie Police Department.

The donation comes after local police forces made a plea on the radio for defibrillator contributions following an incident where a police deputy suffered a heart attack while on patrol.

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Snoqualmie Tribal Council Member Richard Zambrano overheard the plea and approached the tribe’s council about fulfilling the request – to which they agreed. Now, just about every patrol car in the county is equipped with a defibrillator.

“It’s huge. We never thought that we could get one source who was willing to spend a significant amount of money to provide these AED’s, so now almost every patrol car has an AED in their trunk, and that’s going to save lives,” Sheriff John Urquhart told KING5. “On a day to day basis we don’t really know what kind of call we’re going to get and often times, well, every day, we are dispatched with the fire department at the same time for a medical alert call and often times we get there first and if we can apply that AED right away we can save lives.”

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