SFPD given 10 defibrillators for Tenderloin station

Ten new automated external defibrillators will soon be outfitted in San Francisco police cars in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood as part of a generous holiday gift, the police chief announced Friday.

Friday morning outside of John's Grill at 63 Ellis St., San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr touted the benefits of supplying AEDs to police officers.

“We can save lives,” Suhr said. “As luck would have it, police officers are often the first ones on scene.”

John's Grill restaurant owner John Konstin donated $20,000 to purchase the 10 devices for patrol vehicles in the Tenderloin, which Suhr said is an area “probably least likely to get $20,000 in private funding, but likely the most in need.”

Suhr said other private donations to help supply more patrol cars with AEDs can be made through his office.

Two actors demonstrated how a quick police response using the device can save a life. An actual police car whizzed down Ellis Street to offer assistance to a man who had “collapsed” in front of the restaurant.

Standing with Santa Claus next to a table filled with the donated AEDs tied up with bows, Konstin said, “I hope to save a lot of lives with this.”

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