First responders in Co Wicklow raise enough money to replace destroyed defibrillator

Arklow Community First Responders said they have seen "so many good deeds done in the face of one bad deed"

First responders in Co Wicklow raise enough money to replace destroyed defibrillator

Image: Arklow Community First Responders via Facebook

A group of community first responders in Co Wicklow have confirmed enough money has been raised to replace a defibrillator that was destroyed earlier this week.

A public access defibrillator - worth around €2,000 - in Arklow was damaged beyond repair after being ripped from the wall of a local shop.

Gardaí have launched an investigation to find those responsible, after the offenders were caught on CCTV.

John Summers of Arklow Community First Responders confirmed to Newstalk that several local businesses had made donations to replace the broken defibrillator.

He said they hope to have the replacement early next week, after the Christmas and New Year's break.

A temporary machine has been installed in the interim.

In a Facebook post, Arklow Community First Responders said: "We would like to thank everybody for the overwhelming support that we have received over the past few days. It is a credit to the people of Arklow and really shows how a community can come together in support of a cause that they believe in.

"We have seen so many good deeds done in the face of one bad deed which demonstrates what type of town Arklow is and what kind of community spirit we have here."