Officers credited with saving teen's life

Officers credited with saving teen's life
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Three Batesville police officers are credited with saving a teen's life.

According to the Batesville Police Department, officers were called to the McDonald's on South St. Louis Street Sunday night.

Patrolman Trevor Graddy found the teen slouched over in the driver's seat with a large amount of blood inside the vehicle.

The 17-year-old teen's girlfriend said he had been playing with a knife and accidentally stabbed himself in the thigh while attempting to place the knife in its sheath.

Officer Graddy immediately sprang into action. He checked for a pulse and began applying a C.A.T. tourniquet.

Patrolmen Robert Leonard and Bart Wilkerson soon showed up to help. Officer Grady's tourniquet was giving him issues because the teen's ripped jeans were catching in the tourniquet's tightening device.

That's when Wilkerson quickly got a R.A.T tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

An ambulance took the victim to the hospital where he is recovering.

According to Police Chief Alan Cockrill, hospital staff said the man would have died if it had not been for his three officers.

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