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Police officer runs from Ottawa to Toronto to raise awareness about defibrillators

A Toronto Police officer who suffered a heart attack one year ago is set to complete his mission - crossing the finish line at Toronto's annual spring half marathon.

Const. Andrew Rosbrook is upping the ante this year, starting to run to that marker from Ottawa.

On May 5th, 2013 Rosbrook died with the finish line of the Toronto half-marathon in sight. Paramedics with a defibrillator from the charity the Mikey Network brought him back to life.

He's running 470 km to raise awareness about the importance of the device.

"It's such a small piece of equipment, but the power it has is amazing," Rosbrook told CFRA. "Without this defibrillator, I would not be here and there's no question about that. Forty-thousand people a year die of sudden cardiac arrest and the vast majority of those would be saved if there was a defibrillator within easy access."

Rosbrook is also raising money for the Mikey Network - a charity that places defibrillators in public spaces and high-risk areas.

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