Gun shop trains law enforcement officers

Updated: 11/12/2013 5:50 PM | Created: 11/12/2013 5:15 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tuesday, Calibers Gun Store and Pro Shop held its first free training day for police officers and sheriff's deputies on how to administer first aid in emergency situations.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says one reason Deputy Robin Hopkins is alive and recovering tonight is because an APD officer, BCSO deputy and AFD personnel applied a tourniquet to her leg, which had been shot.

It stopped the bleeding until she got to a hospital.

"The time that they were able to get her to the university hospital played a huge part in saving her life," Sheriff Dan Houston said in an interview with Tom Joles.

That's why Calibers Gun Store started free training on tourniquets and other emergency aid for police officers and deputies.

"It was just a way to reach out and say hey, we support you, we're gonna bring in some experts in the field and get whoever wants to come in, train them to protect themselves and the lives of others," Jordan Nighbert of Calibers said. 

Both APD and BCSO have held department wide courses like this one recently, but Calibers says they want to provide free, extra help for those who want it.

Today they walked law enforcement through basics like first aid tools. In future classes they plan to show more advanced techniques.

The training has another purpose too. It was free but Calibers took donations from officers. All money will go to Deputy Robin Hopkins and her family.

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