The Lafayette Police Department recently received a donation of 100 DOKs (Downed Officer Kits) as a show of appreciation from a local group of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. agents in collaboration with the Lafayette Strong Committee. These are the same DOKs used to administer aid to those injured in the Grand 16 Theatre shooting last July. Officers deployed their DOKs upon arriving at the theater within 12 seconds of the initial reports of a gunman. More information on the Downed Officer Kits can be viewed here.
A Hinsdale Police Officer recently received an award for his quick thinking, preparedness, and willingness to help that attributed to a life saved. The driver of a cement truck struck a wall while driving through a construction zone.. His arm was pinned between the truck’s cab and the wall, and he was bleeding heavily from the injury. The officer applied a SOF® Tourniquet he was carrying on his person, buying the victim crucial time until paramedics arrived. Emergency room staff said that without the officer’s actions, the driver would have lost his arm and most likely his life to severe blood loss.
The quick actions of a Cleburne Police Department officer recently saved the life of a man severely injured in a motorcycle accident. The officer applied the SOF® Tourniquet from his patrol car to the victim’s leg. Cleburne PD equipped their officers with tourniquets and training last year. Doctors confirmed that the victim would have died had the officer not applied his tourniquet. View the news article to learn more and see footage from the officer’s body cam of the tourniquet application.
Some TacMed products work efficiently in providing lifesaving care to animals- Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office in Alachua County, Florida, used OLAES® Modular Bandages from their TacMed™ Ballistic Response Packs to treat miniature horses that had been attacked by dogs. The deputies worked for 45 minutes until the vet could arrive to provide further care.
A recent SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wide use by a Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, police officer came after the Beaver Dam Police Department received tourniquet training in efforts to strengthen their regional trauma system. The training included a skills check-off sheet, and upon completion, officers received a tourniquet and Uniformed Medical Kit. One of the Beaver Dam officers used his tourniquet on a gunshot wound victim, and medics on scene praised the officer for his successful application of the tourniquet.
A Pennsylvania paramedic and firefighter were recognized last week for their heroic work to save the life of a truck driver who had crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last year. Trapped in the cab, the driver was bleeding heavily from his foot being impaled by a guardrail that penetrated the cab. The two rescuers worked together to apply a SOF® Tourniquet to the driver’s leg… He ultimately needed a partial amputation to be freed from the wreckage. “…These two individuals made the initial and most critical lifesaving actions and decisions that helped this call remain a rescue versus a recovery.” The driver was out of the hospital within a week and healed enough for a prosthetic several months later. More details can be viewed here.
A recent tourniquet use by LEOs in Fairfax County, VA, most likely saved the life of a victim bleeding severely from both arms. Arriving on scene, two officers found the victim suffering from significant cut wounds. The officers applied a SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wide to each arm to stop the bleeding. Medics at the scene advised that the officers’ actions of deploying their tourniquets most likely saved the victim’s life. An excellent job by these responding officers.
Recently a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sergeant was shot in the leg while attempting to arrest a fugitive. Suffering from a fractured femur and severed femoral artery, the Sergeant pulled his SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wide from his boot. Recalling his training, he disconnected the buckle to get the tourniquet around his leg, reconnected it, and tightened. The Sergeant said he watched the bleeding simply stop and then waited 9 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.The Sergeant used his training and quick actions to save his own life. More details can be viewed here.
We recently were written by a DC Metro Police Sergeant who shared his experience utilizing his TacMed™ Convertible Drop Leg Pouch. While at his station, a man walked in suffering multiple stab wounds… Through the trachea, an eviscerating wound to the right abdomen, and a gaping wound in the back. The sergeant used almost every component in his Drop Leg, including shears, gauze, and occlusive dressings. His Drop Leg holster was open and flapping around the entire time, and he said every component stayed in place until he grabbed it for use. The victim is expected to survive with minimal long-term disability. Big thanks to this Sergeant for his lifesaving work and support.
A Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officer used the SOF® Tourniquet from his TacMed™ Pocket Medical Kit to provide lifesaving treatment to a 17-year-old shot in the leg. The bullet went through the victim’s thigh, striking a major artery. When the officer arrived, he saw blood everywhere and quickly jumped in to action. The Nashville Fire Department said, “It was the opinion of all medical personnel involved that the officer’s quick action and proper procedure was the only reason we had a patient rather than a fatality.” More details can be viewed here.