JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Johnson County deputies are now carrying more tools to help you, and each other, in case of an emergency.
Those tools come in an emergency gunshot trauma kit. Every IMPD officer will soon carry one, made possible because of donations and money raised through the FOP in Indianapolis.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says it was that push in Indianapolis that led him to want to do the same. He purchased 60 kits for all his road officers and investigators.
The kits include tourniquets, solution to put inside a wound to clot the blood to stop bleeding, a chest seal to stop bleeding if someone is shot in the chest: different tools to help in case of gun violence, whether to the officer or to anyone who needs help, before medics arrive.
“A lot of times during the evening hours, during some of these ambulance runs, our agency is one of the first to arrive because we’re in kind of a rural setting here in Johnson County,” explained Sheriff Cox.
Sergeant Steve Edwards was shot in the shoulder in 2005, after responding with another deputy to a domestic call.
“As soon as I hit my lights, he opened fire on me,” said Edwards, recalling the morning. “He fired nine rounds into my car.”
Edwards says although he knew he’d been hit, he and another deputy worked to secure the scene since the suspect ran, before medics could safely come closer.
Edwards says one of the gunshot trauma kits could have helped.
“If I was out, and if medics couldn’t have come as fast, I could have put some of the packing on my [shoulder] and stopped the bleeding,” said Edwards.
Sheriff Cox says nowadays, with other recent gun violence, it’s imperative for officers to have the tools to help.
“It’s just things like that that’s a phone call a sheriff never wants to hear, and quite honestly, I will be perfectly alright if we never use these kits,” said Cox.
But if they have to, they’ll be ready.
“Just more tools to help us, to add to our first aid kits, it’ll be well worth it,” said Edwards.
Sheriff Cox says those gunshot kits cost $100 each. He says the money came out of their commissary fund. 11 cars in Johnson County have AED devices as well.