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story.lead_photo.caption Texarkana, Arkansas, officials and others who conducted First Responders Day present a check for $1,500 for an automated external defibrillator Thursday during the 2020 Small Business Expo. Pictured are, from left, Scott Megason, Les Munn, Mayor Allen Brown, Dr. Matt Young, James Bramlett, acting Police Chief Kristi Bennett, Fred Meisenheimer and Brooke Marshall. Photo by Junius Stone / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA — City officials and organizers of First Responders Day gathered downtown Thursday at the Small Business Expo 2020 to present a new automated external defibrillator to Texarkana, Arkansas.

"Four organizations are responsible for First Responders Day," said Dr. Matt Young, chief medical officer of Texarkana Emergency Center and Hospital. "Texarkana Funeral Home, Farmer's Bank & Trust, Eagle Distributors and Texarkana Emergency Center and Hospital conducted the fundraising and we purchased this AED with some of the funds."

According to Young, First Responders Day is about giving back to the community.

"The big check on display just held the dollar value of the AED kit," he said. "The device comes with instructions on how to use it. It is designed to be used by an untrained person in the event of a cardiac arrest event and can save lives. It can be used multiple times if necessary on a single patient. But after that use, it needs to be recharged to be ready to go again."

The device will be available for the public to use and will be stored in the caboose west of Crossties in the Texarkana, Arkansas, Entertainment District.

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