Cop, off-duty EMT help save man's arm severed in wreck

A police sergeant used his recent medical training to apply a tourniquet to slow the bleeding

HELENA, Ala. — Thanks to recent trauma medical care training, a police officer in Alabama was able to help a man who suffered severe injuries in a car wreck until paramedics arrived. reported Helena police sergeant Charles Hudson responded to a wreck on Sunday where he found a driver with severe injuries — including a severed left arm.

Hudson used his department-issued tourniquet to slow the man's bleeding until paramedics arrived.

“The Helena Police Department conducted in-service training just two weeks ago where all officers were trained in the use of a tourniquet and basic trauma medical care. With this training and equipment, Sgt. Husdon was able to stop the subject from bleeding and kept him alive until paramedics were able to provide advanced emergency medical care,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.

An off-duty EMT stopped on scene and was able to locate the severed arm on the road. He packed the limb in ice to ensure the best odds for reattachment.

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