SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The lives of more than 18,000 local children are now better protected thanks to a generous donation.
Philadelphia's 18 Police Athletic League facilities are now outfitted with a tool that can reverse sudden cardiac arrest.
The Automated External Defibrillators, commonly known as AEDs, were presented to PAL officials at the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp Tuesday morning.
"They are the only tool that can stop somebody who is in cardiac arrest and save their life," said Darren Sudman, co-founder of Simon's Fund, one of three groups who pitched in to make to fund the purchase. "And unfortunately these tools, which are
really easy to use, aren't in places where kids learn and play."
The devices donated on Tuesday cost about $20,000.
They were purchased by Simon's Fund, the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee, and The Convention and Visitor's Bureau Foundation.
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AEDs donated to Philadelphia PAL facilities