Officers are tasked with keeping the public safe, but often times they may have to jump in and help during a medical emergency.
That is the case for deputies Brandon Brookes and Walt Lesnett with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.
Thanks to the donations of “Stop the Bleed Kits” from Ohio Valley Medical Center these officers have been able to help save lives.
Recently these deputies were called out to the scene where a woman was shot in the arm with a riffle.
They arrived before paramedics, so in addition to defusing the situation they were also able to perform critical trauma care as they waited for EMS crews.
Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brandon Brookes said, “A pretty catastrophic wound from a high caliber round, from a riffle round, which required the tourniquet prevent any further bleeding from the extremity.”
Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Walt Lesnett said, “Out in the county you could be 10 to 20 minutes away from getting EMS on scene and a lot can happen in 10 to 20 minutes, and us being able to act quickly and have the tools to do so definitely make a difference.”
The deputies are grateful for the “Stop the Bleed Kits” because they can be used to save the lives of civilians, or help to save the life of an officer when responding to a crisis.