Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Officers Awarded for Medical Training Efforts ; Kiwanis, EPD Honor Reed, Winters for Implementing Tourniquet Program

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Officers Awarded for Medical Training Efforts ; Kiwanis, EPD Honor Reed, Winters for Implementing Tourniquet Program

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Two members of the Evansville Police Department were named "Officers of the Year" Thursday by the Downtown Kiwanis Club for their efforts to ensure every member of the force has - and knows how to properly use - a tourniquet for emergency situations. Officers Lenny Reed and Ryan Winters accepted the annual award from the club at its meeting at Tropicana Evansville.

Reed and Winters were also among a group of officers who pushed for a new state law that allows police who have tactical medical training to practice their skills, even if a situation would still be deemed "hostile."

Previously, even if an officer had all the necessary training, team members would have to either remove injured victims to safe areas for emergency medical technicians to treat or wait for medics to assist after the scene was considered "safe." The pair has also trained deputies from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office on how to use tourniquets.

"I think they are over and above deserving of this," said Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin during his introduction of the two award winners. "I think what they have done is phenomenal."

Both officers have completed an 81-hour tactical medic training program with Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services in Houston. Reed is now an adjunct instructor with the program. He told the club that he and Winters decided to start the tourniquet program after attending that training in Texas primarily so that officers would have their own first defense if they had a serious injury to one of their arms or legs.

So far, no officers have had to use the tourniquets on themselves, but they have used them on five occasions on members of the public in emergency situations.

"We've already had five people saved this year due to the tourniquets, one of them being a 6-year-old girl. …

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