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Defibrillator donated to Richmond Police Department

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 11:38 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – A fund established in memory of a 17-year-old girl who died of heart failure has donated another defibrillator to the Richmond Police Department.

The Sara Kathleen Schacht Memorial Fund has donated 130 of the devices to schools, park districts and police departments in McHenry County, according to a news release.

Schacht, 2002 Woodstock High School graduate, was a freshman at Northern Illinois University when she went into sudden cardiac arrest. The fund was established in her memory with the goal of making the defibrillator that could have saved her life more widely available.

A defibrillator costs about $1,000 and will be carried in a Richmond squad car while on patrol, the release said. The memorial fund has donated other defibrillators to the Richmond department in the past.

- Northwest Herald

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