KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Troopers must rely on thier training and experience to make split-second decisions. That’s what Trooper Roy Sanchez did when he used a makeshift tourniquet to help save a man’s life after responding to an accidental shooting on Wednesday afternoon.
At around 3:46 p.m., troopers from the Hope Station responded to an accidental shooting at a residence in Knowlton Township. When Sanchez arrived, he discovered the victim sustained an accidental gunshot wound to the leg, state police said.
Sanchez then requested advanced life support, but knew he had to tend to the victim’s heavily-bleeding leg by applying a tourniquet. Using a nearby computer cable and a decorative arrow, which was hanging on the wall, Sanchez created a makeshift tourniquet to apply to the victim’s leg, state police said.
A short time later, Trooper I Aaron Coleman and Trooper Michael Butler arrived on scene and helped moved a desk in order to render further aid to the victim. When advanced emergency personnel arrived, they used Quick Clot gauze, which was provided by troopers, to control the bleeding and applied a second tourniquet before transporting the victim to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was last listed as in stable condition, state police said.
“Great job by all of the Troops involved, whose quick and decisive actions undoubtedly increased the victim’s chances of survival,” state police said.