Crimestoppers hands out annual award

Local doctor receives crimestoppers award
Stop the Bleeding Foundation (Source: Paul Holmes, JPD)
Stop the Bleeding Foundation (Source: Paul Holmes, JPD)
Craig Rickert, Ben Massey (Source: Paul Holmes, JPD)
Craig Rickert, Ben Massey (Source: Paul Holmes, JPD)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Crimestoppers of Jonesboro has named the Stop the Bleeding Foundation as its Organization of the Year.

Tuesday afternoon Craig Rickert, vice-chairman of the Crimestoppers Board of Directors, presented the award to Dr. Spencer Guinn. Dr. Guinn heads up the Stop the Bleeding Foundation.

The foundation's mission is to teach law enforcement and civilians how to save lives in emergency situations through the use of tourniquets and other wound-packing and dressing procedures.

To date, Dr. Guinn says the foundation has taught the techniques to over 1,500 people in the last year including 400 law enforcement officers. Dr. Guinn said eight lives were saved in Craighead County alone through the lessons taught by the foundation.

The Crimestoppers Board of Directors handed out another award at the event.

Ben Massey, who's served on the Crimestoppers Board of Directors for over ten years, was given a tribute for his service to the non-profit group.

Massey will step down as the chair of the Crimestoppers board at the end of the year after ten years serving in that capacity. Massey will continue to be a non-officer on the board.

Previous winners of the Person/Organization of the Year Award include Sgt. Cassie Brandon of the Jonesboro Police Department. Lt. Steve McDaniel of the Jonesboro Police Department and former Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann.

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