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By Julie Scharper
The Baltimire Sun

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. - Some volunteers who back up Anne Arundel County police officers will now travel with defibrillators, navigation systems and improved first aid kits, thanks to a gift from the Southern Police Reserves Foundation.
About 60 people volunteer as police reserve officers in the county, logging a total of 20,000 hours a year and saving the county about $400,000, according to the Police Department. They direct traffic at festivals and races, assist at crash scenes and write parking citations, freeing up full-time officers to focus on enforcing the law.
"We consider them one of our own," said Southern District commander Capt. William Krampf at an event last week marking the donation.
The foundation gave 13 first aid kits, 13 GPS navigation systems, four defibrillators and flashVolights to the Police Department for the reserve officers to use.
Joseph Cifala, 79, a retired police officer and vice president of the reserve officers foundation, unpacked boxes of donated goods, including pen-shaped metal devices used to break windows and seat belt cutters used at a crash scene.
Since the reserve officers help out at events that draw large crowds, they are often called upon to provide CPR or aid someone who has suffered a heart attack. The defibrillators could help them resuscitate a heart attack victim and keep them alive until medics arrive, said Todd Harper, who founded the reserve officers' organization.
At 42, Harper, the owner of the Turkey Point Marina, is one of the younger reserve officers. Many others started volunteering with the police after retirement.
"If you don't do something in retirement, you're going to fade away," said Ed Peckman, 68, of Davidsonville. A retired employee of the Washington transit system, Peckman is the assistant commander of the Southern District's reserve officers.
Along with Peckman, Stanley Jones, 71, and Neil Gordon, 63, wore the dark brown pants, tan shirt and lapel pins that mark them as reserve officers. They do not carry service weapons and are not authorized to make arrests.
Jones said that he has helped out at numerous crash scenes since becoming a reserve officer. The equipment will be a big help when officers attend to accident victims, he said.
"I'd rather have the equipment and not need it than not have it and need it," he said.

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