INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Soon every IMPD officer will have tools the police department says could save lives, including those of other police officers.
On Tuesday, public safety officials including Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and the Fraternal Order of Police will announce that enough money was raised so each of the 1,500 IMPD officers can have their own trauma kit.
The kits include trauma scissors, a tourniquet, bandages and airways that an officer could use on oneself, another officer or another victim. In emergencies, the FOP officials say minutes can save a life. These kits, they say, can immediately stop bleeding in the minutes before EMTs arrive.
“I’ve been on several incidents where I’ve felt helpless because I didn’t have the tools right there to help that person, and to know I have it right there in my hands is awesome,” IMPD officer Phil Smiley said.
Many people expected in attendance at Tuesday’s announcement have a first-hand interest in officer safety. IMPD Officer David Moore’s mother, Sgt. JoAnn Moore, will attend. David Moore was killed in the line of duty in 2011. Jamie Bradway, Officer Rod Bradway’s widow, will also attend. Bradway was killed last September answering a domestic disturbance call. Another special guest is IMPD Officer Jason Fishburn, who, in 2008, was chasing a robbery suspect when he was shot in the head. He retired from IMPD in 2011. Also in attendance will be Jerry Baker, the father of Marion County Deputy Jason Baker, who was killed in the line of duty in 2001.
Several groups partnered with the FOP to make this happen, including Father’s House Church in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Colts, WellPoint/Anthem and the Department of Public Safety.
At $100 each, they raised the $150,000 needed so each IMPD officer would have their own trauma kit.
Tuesday’s announcement is at 11 a.m. at the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #86, 1525 S. Shelby St.