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Quick-thinking cop uses computer cable and decorative arrow to save man’s life

The state trooper grabbed whatever was to hand to fashion a makeshift tourniquet after a man accidentally shot himself in the leg.


Ethernet cable (popovaphoto/Getty Images)

Ethernet cable (popovaphoto/Getty Images)

Ethernet cable (popovaphoto/Getty Images)

A quick-thinking police officer used a computer cable and a decorative arrow to save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Roy Sanchez fashioned a makeshift tourniquet out of items to hand after he arrived at the victim’s home and found him bleeding profusely.

Sanchez, a state trooper in New Jersey, US, was dispatched to a home in Warren County on April 4 due to a report of an accidental shooting.

“Trooper Sanchez radioed to dispatch requesting 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, Trooper Sanchez created a makeshift tourniquet to apply to the victim’s leg,” New Jersey State Police explained in a Facebook post.

He was then joined by colleagues Troopers Aaron Coleman and Michael Butler who helped to care for the man.

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When medics arrived they used Quick Clot gauze to help stop the bleeding and a second tourniquet before he was transferred to hospital.

State Police say the man is in a stable condition at a hospital.

The police praised all the officers, adding: “As Troopers, we must rely on our training and experience to make split-second decisions.”

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