Off-duty EMT helps cop apply tourniquet to man’s severed leg
New Mexico State Police Officer Edward Garcia and a bystander EMT applied the tourniquet to a man who lost his leg in a crash
By EMS1 Staff
MESCALERO, N.M. — An off-duty EMT who witnessed a crash helped the responding officer apply a tourniquet to the victim’s severed leg.
KOB4 reported that New Mexico State Police Officer Edward Garcia responded to a crash scene and found the victim with his leg severed just below the knee. An EMT bystander helped the officer quickly apply the tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
“I didn’t save him, God saved him. I just provided the tourniquet,” Garcia said.
Officials said all state police have tourniquets readily available at all times.
"I am proud that the New Mexico State Police was able to provide funding for the purchase of the tourniquets for every law enforcement officer in New Mexico, and am equally proud of the implementation and training efforts by the NM Law Enforcement Academy,” Police Chief Pete Kassetas said.