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Scott Police officers save a life

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Three Scott Police officers are being recognized for saving a local woman's life. 

A Facebook post by the department tells this story:

Last week, Scott Police were sent to a home. A friend called them to say that during a conversation with a woman she said she had a cut on her arm, from her elbow all the way to her wrist.

Sgt. Chris Taylor arrived first, and found that she was in her bathroom with a laceration that was causing arterial bleeding. He applied pressure to the wound until POFC Juan Leger and POFC Daryous Portalis arrived. They used a tourniquet from the SPD's Trauma Kit to try to control bleeding until an ambulance arrived.

When paramedics arrived, another tourniquet was applied to try to stop the bleeding. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officers were able to verify later that the victim was in stable condition.

"In recent years, many medical emergencies have called for police officers to begin lifesaving measures prior to the arrival of medical personnel. Every second counts when attempting to save a life," the Facebook post states. "Scott Police Department has equipped their officers with, in addition to basic First-Aid Kits, specialized trauma kits to treat severe wounds such as gun shots and deep lacerations. Using skills learned in their training, responding officers for this incident, Sgt. Chris Taylor, POFC Juan Leger, and POFC Daryous Portalis were able to provide quick lifesaving measures for someone in need.

"These officers exemplify our motto of "An Honor to Serve, A Duty to Protect."

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