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.