A donation of 150 portable defibrillators was accepted by the King County Council on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office.
The donation came from the Snoqualmie Tribe, which donated the 150 units to be used in county sheriff’s deputies’ cars.
This was spurred by an event earlier this year when deputies who were equipped with a defibrillator saved the life of a fellow officer who suffered a heart attack while struggling with a DUI suspect, a press release from the tribe said.
Tribal and county leaders met in May to commemorate the donation, but it was only officially accepted by the county during Tuesday’s King County Council meeting.
Tribal Council Member Richard Zambrano worked with the council and its police chief to purchase the defibrillators to equip all sheriff’s vehicles with one at a total cost of $180,000.
“We have a strong government-to-government relationship with King County and the Sheriff’s Department,” Snoqualmie Tribal Police Chief Gene Fenton said in the release. “These are important life-saving tools for officers to have available on the street. By reaching out to assist King County, we help everyone in the broader community in which we live.”