JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Rotary Club recently donated $4,000 to help Craighead County emergency crews save lives.
Representatives from the Jonesboro Police Department, Jonesboro Fire Department and Craighead County Sheriff's Departments were at the meeting Tuesday when the donation was made.
Dr. Spencer Guinn, a Jonesboro orthopedic surgeon who volunteers as a SWAT physician and training instructor for JPD, accepted the donation on behalf of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation.
The foundation is raising money to provide Individual First Aid Kits for certified law enforcement officers and firefighters to carry as part of their duty gear.
The $4,000 grant will provide 42 kits for local first responders.
Dr. Guinn said 220 kits are needed to supply every fulltime officer and paid firefighter in Craighead County.
The kits contain tourniquets, pressure bandages, chest wound seals and other supplies to allow first responders to address uncontrolled bleeding at a trauma scene.
"There's no doubt that your gift is going to save someone's life," Dr. Guinn said.
He also served as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq.
Beverly Parker, president of the Rotary Club, said the club is "very glad to put some needed equipment in the hands of our local law enforcement."
According to Paul Holmes, the public information specialist for JPD, tourniquets have already saved lives in Jonesboro.
In one instance, an officer applied a tourniquet to a man injured in a workplace accident. The man fell through a plate-glass window and had uncontrolled bleeding.
Another life was saved when responding officers applied a tourniquet to the victim of a shooting.
Anyone interested in making a donation to the Stop the Bleeding Foundation to put this gear in the hands of first responders may contact Dr. Guinn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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