Two troopers, enroute to their spring firearms training, are being nominated for the Department's Life Saving award for quick response and efforts to save a man.
Trooper Joshua McDonnell (pictured left) and Trooper Ryan Hofer (pictured right), both out of District Four (Yuma), arrived to the scene of an incident where a man had both legs nearly severed at knees after getting caught in a hay press. The troopers applied tourniquets, following their proper training. In total, three tourniquets were applied and the troopers were successfully able to halt blood loss and get the man airlifted to St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix. The man went into surgery with all the tourniquets still applied. He will unfortunately lose both legs, however, thanks to the tremendous efforts, quick response and proper training of the troopers, his life was saved.
“If the tourniquets had not been applied, the man would have bled out and died,” said a nurse at the hospital. Trooper Hofer and Trooper McDonnell saved this man’s life with their quick thinking, calmness under pressure and their ability to apply their training in a real-world/real-time situation.