Appomattox Co., VA- State Police jumped into action Thursday morning when responding to a shots fired call. They used special training and a new first-aid kit to treat a man's gunshot wound.
Troopers were just trained with it this week.
The self-aid or buddy-aid kits were first used by troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thursday, they were used by troopers to save a man's life.
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Trooper Brian Dempsey got a call from the Appomattox Sheriff's Office asking for assistance in a shots fired call. When he got on the scene in Concord, he realized a man had been shot in the chest.
That's when Dempsey's recent training kicked in.
"I took some of the equipment out, opened it up, and was able to put the trauma sealer on the gunshot victim," said Dempsey.
"I just remember two days ago sitting in class, sitting in the classroom and listening...and then actually being on scene with an incident and actually watching this stuff come into action," said Trooper Troy D. Walker, who was also on the scene helping Dempsey keep the victim alive until paramedics arrived.
"They were kind of surprised to see it, they were kind of asking a lot of questions about the kit, and I informed them it was something new we had just gotten," said Dempsey of the paramedics.
Trooper Donald Hughes had just shown them what to do in case of a gunshot wound earlier this week. Troopers were first introduced to the theory of these kits back in September. Tuesday was the start of their hands-on training.
Hughes explained to us how to use the trauma sealer on a gunshot wound. "Pull it apart, it's really sticky, and then you just press it flat. And that keeps any outside air, from out here, going into that hole that was there."
Dempsey says the small kit, will help paramedics in a big way.
"(Paramedics) Said that it was very helpful and could have very well saved his life."
"I'll have mine ready and out with me when I respond and get out of the vehicle," said Walker.
"If we can go ahead and get the scene secured and start some type of treatment to keep somebody from bleeding out, or furthering any injuries, that will definitely help," said Dempsey.
These kits also include a tourniquet, gauze, compression bandages, and a nasopharyngeal airway to help victims breathe. We're told only a few troopers have these kits at the moment, but the plan is to equip everyone with them.
We're also told no one will be charged in Thursday morning's shooting incident.