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New Medical Kit Likely Saved Shot Dallas Officer

February 20, 2014  | 

Photo courtesy of Tactical Medical Solutions
Photo courtesy of Tactical Medical Solutions

A newly deployed medical kit similar to those used on foreign battlefields may have helped save the life of a Dallas officer who was shot during the weekend, a police doctor said Tuesday, reports the Dallas News.

Lt. Alex Eastman, the Dallas Police Department’s deputy medical director, said the “Downed Officer Kit” possibly prevented Officer Joshua Burns from bleeding to death after he was shot three times during a shootout Saturday in far northeast Dallas.

The kit is new to Dallas, but is made up of old medical treatments with a modern twist. It contains a tourniquet, special anti-clotting gauze and bandages.

Burns, 30, was shot in his bulletproof vest, his shoulder and his leg after a gunman opened fire on him and another officer, police said. After Burns went down, Eastman said, Burns’ fellow officers applied the tourniquet to his leg.


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Rick Hochmann @ 2/20/2014 11:24 PM

About time! As a former NY EMT as well as a peace officer I heard all too often, "thats a job for the ambulance", or, "hey, you're no -----doctor". Yeah. That was in the 70's and 80's, now LEO's are allowed to save lives, not just 'protect and serve'. A big part of this new push is the number of former military medics entering L.E. I carried my own kit anyway. Now it's kosher!!!

Ron F @ 2/21/2014 5:37 PM

My dept. recently supplied all of us with these kits. I am grateful to have this resource at my disposal. Stay safe!

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