Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare donated money for two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the La Crosse Police Department.

One will be put in a La Crosse police squad car and the other will be on a police boat. La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer said this brings their total up to 20 AEDs that are out at any given time.

"Sometimes the officers feel helpless and they do their best and give CPR until the emergency responders get there, but if we can get an AED on a person and it allows us to shock the person's heart back into rhythm that helps us out a lot and it helps the person a lot, because their survival rate is so much higher," Chief  Tischer said.

“Mayo Clinic has always had a strong connection with public service leadership. Not only here in La Crosse, but throughout the system,” said Terre Mc Joynt, Administrator of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare. “We want to help support local EMS, police, and fire services. We are all a team.”

Each AED costs about $2,000.