An idea Jon Bowe picked up while training is now helping Chippewa Falls residents in need, including a man who accidentally shot himself Friday, Jan. 23.
Bowe, a Chippewa Falls Fire Department battalion chief, attended what’s called tactical emergency medical training. He heard about how the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers could have been saved in combat if other soldiers carried a few First Aid tools into the field.
Bowe brought the idea to the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership and its director, Rhonda Brown. The result was $7,000 used to buy 170 First Aid kits, which were given to all Chippewa County law enforcement officers.
Each kit has what’s called a tactical tourniquet, a chest seal and a nasal tube, the items used to treat a majority of survivable injuries on a battlefield.
Bowe then trained Chippewa County law enforcement agents on the use of the kits.
One such kit came in handy on Jan. 23, according to Chippewa Falls Police.
Officers were called to an address in the early morning hours for a man who said he accidentally shot himself in the leg. They were told the caller to the emergency dispatch center may have passed out.
Officers Sheridan Pabst and Drew Zehm used a hand-held ram to jar the residence’s door open and found the man sitting on a couch with a severe leg wound. Pabst and Zehm then applied First Air and a tactical tourniquet. Officer Pabst also used a Quikclot agent from his own personal First Aid kit. That substance is not in every First Aid kit given to officers because of the cost.
After treatment, the man became more coherent. EMS crews then arrived and gave the man advanced medical care.