Local high schools now prepared for heart emergencies

The Caddo School Board gets a helpful donation.

The Caddo Parish School Board gets a helpful donation.

On Wednesday, it was given 12 AEDs, or Automated Exterior Defibrillators.

One device will be placed in each of the Caddo Parish High Schools.

They were all given by the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security.

"Our responding agencies: police and fire departments, they certainly respond as quickly as they can to the school emergencies," said Roy Murry, the Director of Security of the Caddo Parish Schools. "But if we have trained personnel and equipment available, the quicker we can respond to something, it certainly raises the person's chances of survival."

Right now, only one Caddo Parish High School has an AED.

Some school staff are already trained to use them.

The Board will decide who else will learn.

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