JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In November 2017, Batesville police officer Michael Dickinson was shot multiple times. Several officers who had been to a Stop the Bleeding class applied first aid and saved his life.
A similar story resulted in May with Jonesboro police officer Blaine Middlecoff.
Middlecoff was on the scene of a custody exchange when a man struck a woman with a knife. A two-year-old was stabbed in the process. A main artery was severed and she was bleeding out. That's when Officer Middlecoff rushed the baby to his car and pulled out the life-saving tourniquet from the North American Rescue and Med Training Group Individual First Aid Kit.
"She would have died without the tourniquet," Dr. Spencer Guinn, a Jonesboro orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and equipping first responders to save lives, said.
Each kit costs approximately $100.
"This was a very generous grant from the Blue & You organization, Blue Cross and Blue Shield," Dr. Guinn said. "We were awarded a $150,000 grant last year to train firefighters, law enforcement and first responders in Northeast Arkansas. With that amount of money, we are going to be able to train about 600 to 800 first responders this year. And be able to issue out about 900 of these kits."
Training classes are announced frequently on the Stop the Bleeding Foundation website: www.stopthebleedingfoundation.org.
"Our goal is anyone who is interested in being a first responder, can come through one of our two-hour classes or any professional first responders," Dr. Guinn said. "We want them to come through our eight-hour class."
Stop the Bleeding Foundation wants to train and equip first responders in order to better prepare them to care for themselves, or those around them, by using combat-tested, life-saving techniques and gear.
"We are doing a combined class for Central Baptist and Nettleton Baptist. We're teaching at the NYIT school at ASU next month," Dr. Guinn said. "We've done other churches. We've done schools."
Dr. Guinn was in the Army Reserves following 9/11.
"One of the things that you learn in the military—particularly when you are going overseas, into combat is that everyone has to be able to help each other," Dr. Guinn said. "So when I came home and began working with the police units initially, it was an extension of that. And then when we extended that out into the civilian arena, that is when we really decided for the first time…what if it's my family? What if it's your family? You may be the first one to show up. What are you going to do to help? I'm a family man. I've got three daughters and that's what kind of drives me is what would I want for my family and then by extension everybody else in the community."
Stop the Bleeding Foundation was conceived from that philosophy. All donations to Stop the Bleeding are tax-deductible and 100 percent goes towards kits and tourniquets.
To find out more, contact Dr. Spencer Guinn: firstname.lastname@example.org