Two Mount Olive Police officers helped save the life of a man severely bleeding from a laceration to his left wrist when they applied their tourniquet to the victim’s arm, stopping blood loss. Each officer carries a custom-packed TacMed™ LAPD Kit, which was supplied at the end of training sponsored by Morris County Office of Emergency Management. “This latest incident further illustrates the commitment of Morris County law enforcement, EMS, and fire agencies to stay ahead of the curve as it relates to providing life-saving critical efforts with specialized equipment designed to achieve this objective.” Read more here.
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Two Cedar Hill officers in North Texas recently applied a SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wide to the leg of a man hit by a suspected drunk driver. In the news video, you will see the officers run towards the victim and immediately begin providing lifesaving care. “For us, the only thing that mattered was helping him out.” Great work by these officers. Read more about the story here.
A great perspective on the use of tourniquets from two officers with personal experience: One officer from Lakewood self-applied his SOF Tactical Tourniquet to his arm after being shot multiple times, and the other officer from Denver had a tourniquet applied by his fellow officer after being shot 6 times. The officers agree that the most important things are to 1) have a tourniquet, 2) know how to use it, and 3) have it accessible at all times. Read more here.
A local soup kitchen in Kentucky donated 30 TacMed™ Downed Officer Kits (DOKs) to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. On his decision to donate, the man who founded the soup kitchen said, “… These are the guys that protect us every day in this community and I think we should do everything we can to help them.” The 30 DOKs allow for one kit in each cruiser of the HCSD.
A Lake County IL Sheriff’s Office deputy administered lifesaving first aid to a shooting victim by applying a tourniquet to the victim’s leg. Lake County officers carry department-issued SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wides and OLAES® Modular Bandages. Great work by this officer-
Unincorporated Zion Shooting
On February 7, 2016 at approximately 1:40AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Pinsters Bowling Alley, 1646 Sheridan Road, Unincorporated Zion, for a report of a person with a gun. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they located several hundred people fleeing from the bowling alley, and learned shots had been fired. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with officers from Winthrop Harbor Police Department and Zion Police Department, set up a perimeter around the scene to search for victims and offenders.
Sheriff’s deputies located a shooting victim who was shot in the leg and the head. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Platt administered life-saving measures and applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg, stopping the blood loss. The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. He is expected to survive.
Preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was likely gang related, following a dispute between rival gang members. Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force continue to investigate the shooting.
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.