- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Jefferson County sheriff’s office is giving its deputies a clamp meant to stem bleeding in case they are shot, authorities said.

WBMA-TV (https://bit.ly/1F5xbHK ) reports the device clamps skin together at the site of the gunshot wound until the victim can be taken to a hospital. Law enforcement officials said it’s easier than wrapping a wound with gauze or applying a tourniquet.

“Every second counts out there,” said Sgt. Paul Huffstutler, who trained with the device Friday. “It’s something so simple but it’s something that can prevent even the most complex of wounds (from) becoming fatal.”

Huffstutler said he’s seen the need for the gear. He once responded to a domestic violence call where a deputy was shot in the leg by an assailant armed with an AK-47. The officer survived.

Sheriff Mike Hale said he wants any officers who may experience trauma to be equipped. His office has purchased 100 clamps.

“For around $100 and a couple hours of training, we’re going to be able to put one of these clamps in the hands of every one of our deputy sheriffs,” Hale said.


Information from: WBMA-TV, https://www.abc3340.com

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