Police receive 20 new defibrillators from Karasik, HMC foundations

  • Hawaii Police Department photo Defibrillators donated by the Max and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation are displayed. From left: Assistant Police Chief Samuel Jelsma, Hilo Medical Center Foundation Immediate Past President Ami Lamson, Hilo Medical Center Executive Director Lisa Rantz, Police Chief Paul Ferreira, and Maj. Aimee Wana.

The Max and Yetta Karasik Family Foundation, through the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, donated 20 new automated external defibrillators to the Hawaii Police Department. The AEDs will be distributed to officers islandwide, police said.

“Hawaii Police Department appreciates the generous donation of AEDs as it will provide valuable tools for our officers as they continue to assist our community,” said Hawaii Police Department Chief Paul Ferreira.

It is the second donation of AEDs to Big Island police from the Karasik Family Foundation.

The donation included 20 AEDs, training pads, cases and a four-year maintenance plan, with a combined total value of $34,994.96.

The department received approval from the County Council to accept the donation prior to a ceremony held June 15 in Hilo.

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