Lafayette Police Department officers are saying their Downed Officer Kits played a major role in the outcome of last Thursday’s shooting at the Grand Theater in Louisiana. It was the first time the kits had been used since the department received them less than six months ago. The Lafayette Police Training Coordinator said that because officers often arrive first on the scene, “the department felt it was necessary to prepare officers with hands-on training to handle extreme trauma situations. Because officers had the kits and were trained how to use them, police were able to begin treating victims inside the theater immediately.” In this case, officers were on scene and in the building within 50 seconds of receiving the call. More details can be viewed here.
Police in Bellevue, PA, applied a SOF® Tourniquet to stop the bleeding on a robbery victim who was stabbed in the arm. The victim has since been released from the hospital and had this to say regarding the incident: “If [the officer] hadn’t received that training, I wouldn’t stand here right now in front of you. My goal is to be at my daughter’s wedding in October, and he made that happen.” View the article for more details.
We recently were written about a deputy from a North Carolina Sheriff’s Office using his SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a man who was shot multiple times by burglars. His injuries included two wounds to his left arm, severing his brachial artery. The deputy, also a TCCC instructor, arrived first on the scene well in advance of EMS. With the victim rapidly bleeding out, the deputy successfully stopped the bleeding with his tourniquet. The victim survived his injuries and is alive today thanks to the deputy’s swift actions. He continues to carry a SOF-T and encourages his peers to do the same.
Last August, a Milwaukee police officer used her SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a victim who was shot in the left thigh, resulting in an injury with spurting red blood. She recently wrote to tell us her experience- Having received training through a TEMS course and being first on the scene, she applied her tourniquet prior to the arrival of the fire department. Now she regularly promotes the importance of tourniquets to her coworkers and new recruits when she teaches at the academy, telling them that her SOF®TT-W helped her save a life and could potentially save their own. Great work by this Milwaukee officer.
Wisconsin’s Chippewa Falls Police Department recently used a SOF® Tactical Tourniquet – Wide to help save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself in the leg. “The push is to equip law enforcement officers so they can preserve life until further medical support can be given.” All LEOs in Chippewa County are equipped with kits containing the tourniquet, a chest seal, and a nasal tube. More information can be viewed here.
Syracuse Police Department sergeants recently saved the life of a man struck in the femoral artery by a stray bullet. Syracuse Police were trained and equipped with SOF® Tactical Tourniquets last spring after the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services made the tourniquets available to officers statewide. Medical staff told the officers that their actions had “unequivocally saved the man’s life.” To read more from the officer on the importance of having his tourniquet and training, click here.
Dallas Police Department officers used a tourniquet and gauze from their TacMed™ Downed Officer Kits to help save the lives of two teenagers that were seriously wounded by gunshots. One public info officer said, “We are very proud of our officers and the actions they took to administer first aid to the victims. The tactical medical kits all officers carry have proved to be invaluable once again.” More details on the shooting can be viewed here.
A TacMed customer recently gave great feedback about the TacMed™ Uniformed Medical Kit (UMK)- He was able to reverse an overdose with the nasal narcan he was carrying in his UMK. He said he was the only one who had it on him and probably would not have had it without the UMK. The UMK is designed so that essential medical gear can be carried on the person, allowing self-aid or buddy-aid to be provided instantly in the case of serious injury. More information on the UMK can be viewed here.