New Kits Help Save Wounded Officer

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    New medical kits issued to Dallas police officers may have helped save the life of one officer that was injured by gunfire. (Published Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014)

    Medical kits recently issued to Dallas police officers may have helped save the life an officer on Saturday.

    Officer Josh Burns was shot several times while responding to a disturbance on Saturday and is now recovering at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

    After being hit by the bullets, fellow Dallas Police Department officers used a recently issued piece of equipment called a Downed Officer Kit to stabilize Burns until paramedics could arrive.

    The kit contains items like gauze, gloves, a tourniquet, bandages and medicines designed to help stop bleeding.

    The department issued 1,500 of the kits to officers within the past few months and already the supplies are being credited with helping save Burns.

    Doctors are expected to discuss the kits and their potential to save other officers at DPD headquarters on Tuesday.