JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A local non-profit group that supports local law enforcement officers received a donation to equip emergency personnel with life-saving medical techniques and gear.
The Stop the Bleeding Foundation received a nearly $150,000 grant from the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue & You Foundation on Wed., Jan. 23.
The money will be used to hopefully train and equip 600 police officers and firefighters with lifesaving tips and equipment.
The non-profit received a grant last year and trained over 655 firefighters and law enforcement officers.
Each individual received a free first aid kit.
Toby Emerson, who is the vice president of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation, said he is excited about what the grant means for Northeast Arkansas.
“Historically, law-enforcement, they were not the first responders that actually treated, and that was the way it was all over the country,” said Emerson. “We are seeing a big shift in that now.”
The kits were used recently in Jonesboro at the Galaxy Street shooting.
Emerson said those kits most likely saved lives during the shooting.
The Stop the Bleeding foundation also donated K-9 first aid kits to JPD’s K-9 handlers.
The K-9 kit is specifically built for K-9′s suffering from trauma.
Officials with the non-profit organization thought it was very important that each one of the K-9 handlers had their own kit.