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The Rancho Murieta Country Club presented an outsized check for $13,040 to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials Thursday for the purchase of a Lucas device, a new piece of medical equipment that delivers constant, perfect CPR to patients in emergency situations. The club donated a portion of its holiday party proceeds and solicited sponsorships for the purchase.

Although the fundraising effort fell short of its $15,000 cost, Sac Metro Fire Chief Kurt P. Henke said the Lucas device will be on an ambulance serving Rancho Murieta soon.  The CPR device is viewed as vital, fire officials said, since the community is at a distance from hospitals.

Sac Metro spokesperson Michelle Eidam said the Lucas device can double the chances of getting a pulse back for someone undergoing CPR, and termed having the device available to the community "priceless."

Lucas presentation

Former resident Edna Seager appeared at the podium with Sac Metro spokesperson Michelle Eidam to tell how she survived a heart attack with the help of  the Lucas CPR device.

During the presentation ceremony at the club, former resident Edna Seager told the audience of about 20 that the device helped save her life when she suffered a heart attack. She called her survival "a miracle"  and said she was proud of Rancho Murieta for getting the Lucas device for its residents.

Seager said she and husband were early residents of Rancho Murieta, settling here in 1977, and she has fond memories of the 10 years they lived here. They moved because of the distance from medical facilities, she said.

Country Club General Manager Arnold Billingsley thanked sponsors for the purchase. They included real estate broker Karen Hoberg at the top sponsorship level of $4,000, and the Murieta Equestrian Center, ETC, Optimist Club and Rotary Club, who made contributions ranging from $2,500 to $500.

Following the check presentation, Sac Metro personnel provided a working demonstration of the Lucas device, which is designed for use on individuals who weigh 100 pounds or more.

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Thank you!

Thank you RMCC, Karen Hobergm The Equestrian Center, Optimists, Rotary and all the contributors.  Very generous and kind of you. It's a huge contribution to our community. 

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