With seconds to spare, Shenandoah Police Officer Kevin Frantz used his agency issued tourniquet to stop potentially deadly bleeding from a traffic accident victim. On the morning of January 14, 2016, Officer Frantz was first to arrive on-scene to assist paramedics with a roll-over accident. The female victim in this case had suffered amputation of a finger and severe trauma to her left hand. Paramedics advised Officer Frantz that they were unable to control the bleeding and were concerned that they would not be able to make it back to the ambulance, located some 300 yards away, before the victim suffered life-threatening blood loss. Officer Frantz removed his tourniquet from his belt holder and applied it to the victim’s arm, thus stopping the bleeding. The victim was then safely transported to the waiting ambulance and taken to the Houston Medical Center. Her condition is unknown at this time.
Although Shenandoah officers routinely carry agency issued tourniquets in a uniform pocket, it has only been since the start of the new year that they have been issued specialized belt holsters to carry their tourniquets, which are a required part of each officer’s equipment. These holsters allow for rapid access and when properly applied by well trained personnel, tourniquets can and do save lives.
Shenandoah Police Chief John Chancellor commends Officer Frantz on putting his training and new equipment to good use. “The benefit of tourniquet use is clear. They’ve been proven on the battlefield and proven on our streets. It is a necessary component of an officer’s daily equipment and I am thankful that Officer Frantz used quick thinking and fast action to aid an injured victim.”
Officer Kevin Frantz is a six year veteran of law enforcement, having served both the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Shenandoah Police Department.