Officer grabs tourniquet to save two-year-old's life

Officer grabs tourniquet to save two-year-old's life
Officer Blaine Middlecoff (Source: KAIT-TV)
Officer Blaine Middlecoff (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As awful as the images were and as hard as it will be for Officer Blaine Middlecoff with Jonesboro police to forget about that day, at the time he said it was all a blur.

His years of military and police experience, along with Stop the Bleeding training, kicked in right when he needed it most.

It started as a typical custody dispute call.

Officer Blaine Middlecoff was there for backup and to help another officer if needed.

"I just hung back," Middlecoff said. "I wasn't really expecting anything to happen out of it."

Until he heard a loud noise and ran in to help.

Police say Theodis Coleman pulled a steak knife from his pocket and lunged toward a woman who was holding her two-year-old daughter.

After seeing that the other officer had Coleman under control, Middlecoff soon realized his job was just beginning.

"That's when I heard from behind me, 'my baby had just been stabbed'," Middlecoff said. "So that's when I turned to go help them."

Middlecoff rushed the baby to his car and pulled out the life-saving tourniquet.

Every JPD officer keeps the kits in their patrol cars.

And Sgt. Lyle Waterworth said they are trained to use them at a moment's notice.

"Tourniquets and emergency bleeding stopping have saved more lives of police officers and people around police officers than they're bulletproof vests have," Waterworth said.

And though the tourniquets they have are meant for adults, Middlecoff had to make it work to save the baby's life.

"I definitely didn't want that child bleeding out," Middlecoff said. "There's a soft spot in my heart for kids and seeing that kid bleed and scream, it was unnerving."

Middlecoff knows if he didn't have that emergency kit, the story would have a much darker ending.

"I mean had we not had any of that stuff, the baby possibly would have been dead," Middlecoff said.

Fortunately, Sgt. Waterworth said the baby was treated and released from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

And Officer Middlecoff was just thankful to have the emergency supplies he needed.

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