Banks Help Outfit More Cruisers With Lifesaving Equipment

By David Rogers, Daily News

AMESBURY — It goes without saying that when someone is having a heart attack, a few seconds can mean the difference between life or death. That point was clearly driven home last September when a police officer used a portable defibrillator to help revive a local man who collapsed while playing golf at the Amesbury Country Club.

Police officer Jason Kooken's cruiser was one of three in the department equipped with the lifesaving device that essentially shocks the heart into resuming its normal rhythm. But very soon the number of portable defibrillators in the department will double thanks to the generosity of The Provident Bank and the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, which will be donating $4,000 later today for that purpose.


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