The Pequot Lakes Police Department recently bought a $17,000 LUCAS CPR device that one of the on-duty officers will carry.

The machine, which operates by lithium battery, includes a backboard that wraps under the patient's back. The device places a plunger over the patient's chest that provides compressions. The device can either provide continuous compressions or cycles of 30 chest compressions followed by a brief pause to give rescue breaths.

When people perform CPR, they have to take turns with another person every two minutes because CPR is so physically demanding that fatigue sets in, Police Chief Eric Klang said. The LUCAS device provides compressions at the proper depth and rate consistently every time. The device also frees up an officer's hands to perform other medical care.

"We are so thankful for the many donations we received for the LUCAS," Klang said.

Organizations and individuals donating funds toward the machine include the Pequot Lakes American Legion, Pequot Lakes American Legion Auxiliary, Jenkins VFW, Community Action of Pequot Lakes, Bill's Floor Covering LLC and Bill and Sue Dunkley. Sourcewell provided a grant as well.