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State Police officer, EMT bystander apply tourniquet to man's severed leg

Officer Edward Garcia is being credited with quick thinking in applying a tourniquet and saving a man's life. Officer Edward Garcia is being credited with quick thinking in applying a tourniquet and saving a man's life. | 

Marian Camacho
December 21, 2017 12:45 PM

MESCALERO, N.M. – A fast-acting officer, a witness, and the availability of tourniquets are being credited for saving the life of a man who was hit by a vehicle.

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New Mexico State Police say Officer Edward Garcia responded to the crash on US 70 near the Mescalero Reservation back on December 13.

When he arrived on the scene, he found the man with a severed leg just below the knee.  Working with a witness, who was also an Emergency Medical Technician, the officer immediately applied a tourniquet.

More medical personnel started to arrive on the scene and applied additional tourniquets in order to stop the bleeding. 

When asked about his quick response, Officer Garcia said “I didn’t save him, God saved him. I just provided the tourniquet.”

All state police officers carry tourniquets on their person or in their vehicles.

In response, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said, "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.” 

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