An accident victim on U.S. 70 near the Mescalero Apache Reservation received prompt care because a New Mexico State police officer was equipped with a life-saving tourniquet, according to a report from the law enforcement agency.
On Dec. 13, New Mexico State Police Officer Edward Garcia responded to a crash involving a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on U.S. 70 near the reservation, the report stated. When he arrived, Garcia saw an individual with a severed leg just below the knee. Working with a witness, who was also an emergency medical technician, the officer provided a tourniquet, which was applied immediately, reports the Ruidoso News.
As more medical personnel arrived on scene, additional tourniquets were applied to stem the bleeding on scene and while being transported to the hospital. Officer Garcia's quick response in conjunction with the availability of a tourniquet contributed to saving this individual's life, the report stated.
When asked about the situation Officer Garcia responded, "I didn't save him, God saved him, I just provided the tourniquet."