DPD Officers Recognized for Saving Child, 4, With Tourniquet - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

DPD Officers Recognized for Saving Child, 4, With Tourniquet



    Four DPD Officers Recognized for Saving Girl

    Four Dallas police officers were recognized for rushing to help a 4-year-old girl over the weekend. They used the tourniquet in their "downed officers kit" to stop the bleeding until help arrived. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015)

    Dallas Police Department officials commended several police officers Tuesday who used a tourniquet to help save a child with a gunshot wound.

    Police said officers Christina Mattox and Jesus Tovar applied a tourniquet to the 4-year-old girl's leg after she was shot by three gunmen near the intersection of North Marsalis Avenue and East 6th Street in Oak Cliff at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

    "Between the experience both in the military and police, I still never once thought I’d be using [a tourniquet] on a child," Mattox said. "I was worrying it wouldn’t get small enough to fit around her leg."

    Paramedics arrived shortly after and transported the girl to a hospital.

    "I kind of felt like I had that connection with her," Mattox said. "I told my partner, 'Here’s my car keys. I’m going in that ambulance.'"

    Mattox remained by the girl's side, held her hand and kept her distracted as they rode in the ambulance to the hospital, according to police.

    RAW: Dallas Police Recognize OfficersRAW: Dallas Police Recognize Officers

    During a Tuesday news conference, Dallas police recognize officers who used a tourniquet to help save a 4-year-old girl with a gunshot wound Saturday.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015)

    "I was talking to her saying, 'You’re doing so good. You’re so brave,'" she said. "I was just trying to keep her conscious."

    NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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