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Defibrillator stolen from Dededo senior center

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - It's a life saving medical device that in the wrong hands can be dangerous. And in Dededo one of these devices was stolen, leaving the mayor concerned for their safety.

"Because we're working with seniors the staff have to get trained how to use that in case there's an emergency with somebody and that was stolen," explained Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares of a portable defibrillator used to resuscitate a person who has a cardiac arrest. The defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart to reestablish a heartbeat.

"My concern wit that is if that was children it looked like children because they were small enough to get in and out of the window and around the broken glass," she said.

Savares believes children broke into the Astumbo Senior Citizens Center sometime overnight on Monday. They didn't steal any valuables like the computer and printer in the main office, or television sets, but rather a box of markers, a jacket and the defibrillator. "If children decide to play with this piece of equipment it could hurt them so that's my concern not only is it expensive but more so that if it gets into the wrong hands and the people who don't know how to use and it try to use and put against somebody's head or anything they could get hurt themselves," said the mayor.

The defibrillator she says is worth over $1,000, she adds it will eventually will be replaced, but because the Astumbo Fire Station is next door they will be able to respond quickly in the event any of the visiting man'amko need medical attention.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-4357.
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