Officers’ Tourniquet Helped Save Child’s Life


On August 22, 2015, at approximately 3:37 p.m., a 911 call was made in regards to a disturbance with an active shooter in a vehicle, located near N. Marsalis Avenue and E. 6th Street. At approximately 3:41 p.m., Officer J. Saldana #10733 was flagged down by a distraught mother near Young Street and Lamar Street. Preliminary information indicated that three unknown males in a vehicle discharged a firearm at a family of four. Officer Saldana observed a four-year-old Latin female with a gunshot wound, and called for Dallas Fire Rescue. Cover Officer C. Mattox #10467 and Jesus Tovar #10719 arrived on scene and noticed that the victim sustained two wounds on the left leg caused by a gunshot. The victim’s mother had a placed pressure on the wound using a t-shirt, but officers noticed blood continued to spurt from the wounds. Officer Mattox and Officer Tovar removed a tourniquet and applied it to the victim’s leg to halt the bleeding. Officer B. Helms #10724 retrieved gauze and dressed the victim’s wounds. At approximately 3:45 p.m., Dallas Fire Rescue arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. Youth detectives have taken over the investigation and are currently interviewing witnesses.

Officer Mattox remained by the victim’s side, held her hand, and kept her distracted as they rode to the hospital together. Officer Mattox was captivated by the victim’s bravery, and stated that she was “a trooper,” who remained calm and alert despite the severity of her injuries. On the other hand, DFR paramedics praised the Dallas police officers’ swift actions, and stated that the use of the tourniquet prevented the victim from bleeding out. The Dallas Police Department would like to commend Officer J. Saldana, C. Mattox, J. Tovar, and B. Helms for their paramount actions during those four minutes that helped save a young child’s life.

Dallas Police Department’s New Downed Officer Kit Used on Wounded Officer

A word on tourniquets from Dr. Alex Eastman

Just ten weeks after new Downed Officer Kits (DOKs) were issued to Dallas Police Department officers, a DOK was used to treat one of our officers wounded in the line of duty.  Immediately after Officer Joshua Burns sustained multiple gunshot wounds on duty, fellow officers came to his aid using the contents of the DOK.  Fellow officers applied a tourniquet and used gauze to treat Officer Burns’ wounds,stopping his bleeding, prior to the arrival of Dallas Fire-Rescue.

The DOK contains cutting-edge hemorrhage control equipment and is designed to allow officers to literally save a life in the event of injury.  While designed to give officers the equipment and knowledge to save our own, over 1,500 kits have been deployed into the field and are on the streets of Dallas making our community safer.

In addition to all their other duties, Dallas Police officers are now trained and equipped to control massive bleeding right at the point of injury. While we never want to see an officer or citizen injured, we are more prepared now to save lives when the unthinkable happens.