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Junction City Police Department becoming 'more equipped' for emergencies

"The Junction City Police Department over the last couple years has made great advancements and we're continuing to make changes to enhance the service delivery to the citizens of Junction City,” said Police Chief Robert Morris.

Posted: Aug 12, 2018 6:24 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – The Junction City Police Department is working to become "more equipped" for emergency situations by training their officers with Narcan spray and adding AED units to their patrol cars.

Officer Fernado Serrano with the Junction City police Department said he responded to an overdose Saturday night. He said the person survived, but the Narcan spray could've saved seconds.

"Having the Narcan would've been saving a few seconds which counts in emergencies like this and overdoses,” Serrano said.

"The Junction City Police Department...over the last couple years has made great advancements and we're continuing to make changes to enhance the service delivery to the citizens of Junction City,” said Junction City Police Chief Robert Morris.

Morris said they're spending $1,200 to $1,500 for AED units in each patrol car.

He said all the funding is coming from local businesses who have stepped up to donate units.

One of those businesses is Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Junction City.

“All of our employees live and work here so for us, it's not just about the safety of our community but for our employees too,” said Papa Murphy’s manger, Micki Waters.

Morris said he's confident they'll be able to equip all their vehicles solely through local business’ donations.

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