Small town underfunded police department needs assistance in efforts to assure officer safety for patrol officers with funding for 20 tourniquets and 20 duty belt tourniquet holders.
A line of duty death should not take place when there are life saving measures and equipment that can help prevent a family from getting a dreaded knock on their door.
My personal testimony:
In the summer of 2020 I had checked off duty after picking up an extra shift. As I walked into my house after checking off, I still had my handheld radio on when a call was being dispatched in reference to a gunman shooting at passing cars from higher grounds. I live fairly close to where the call was dispatched so I found no issue in checking back on duty and going to the scene. I was the fourth on scene and when I arrived, the third officer on scene had been shot by the gunman with an AR-15 556 in the arm. I had taken the liberty as a young over-zealous rookie to purchase my own CAT tourniquet and tourniquet holder for my duty belt from North American Rescue after being encouraged to by my FTO. The act of applying the North American Rescue CAT on the down Officer was deemed by other law enforcement, EMS, ER surgeons, and most importantly, the officer and his family as a life saving measure. The officer has fully recovered and returned to work after months of surgery, physical therapy and recovery.
6 months has passed after this incident and my agency has not had the funding to issue tourniquets and tourniquet duty belt holders to patrol officers.
Any efforts are greatly appreciated!
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Hope this helps. Modern day law enforcement should not go without life saving equipment. Especially what is considered "standard issue" in most agencies these days.