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Stop for 105 mph ends with life-saving first aid

MADISON COUNTY — On Fourth of July morning around 8:23 a.m., Trooper Ron Huff was south bound on Ind. 37 in northern Madison County when, around CR 1500 N., a vehicle came up behind him then passed him going south bound with its flashers on doing 105 mph.

Trooper Huff was able to catch up to the vehicle and got it stopped around CR 1400 N.

As the two vehicles pulled over to the berm, the driver bailed out and came running back to Huff’s car yelling that his friend was dying. Huff grabbed his issued first aid kit and ran up to the truck to find the passenger, a male in his 20s, holding a shop towel to the left side of his neck. When he removed the towel, Huff could see the man was bleeding from a 4-inch gash in his neck that appeared to have just missed his artery.

Acting fast, Huff called for an ambulance then reached into his issued Trauma First Aid Kit and took out his Celox Combat Gauze, or a gauze treated with a clotting agent. Following his training, Huff began packing the wound and applying direct pressure. When first responders arrived, the bleeding had been stopped. Trooper Huff credits his training and issued first aid equipment for the successful treatment.

According to the Indiana State Police, the Elwood man (who wished to remain anonymous) had been injured while working with friends doing renovations to the nearby unoccupied Duck Creek School. The man told Huff that he was removing a mirror from the wall when it broke, sending a chard of glass into his neck causing the gash. The man was released from the hospital the next day. He reportedly called Trooper Huff to thank him for his quick actions.

Every Indiana State Trooper is trained yearly in tactical medical first aid and is issued a Trauma First Aid Kit along with a tourniquet.

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