‘Carl’s Kits’ helps save life of miner injured in Kokomo Beach shooting | New
Medical kits named after deceased Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz, which specialize in treating traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds, appear to be saving lives.
The Kokomo Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office created the “Carl Kits” aptly in memory of Koontz, who was killed on duty in 2016. The kits, and others like them, contain a plethora of items used by first responders. The kits were recently used by KPD officers Samantha Raber, Troy Hintz and Bruce Rood during a shooting response at Kokomo Beach several weeks ago.
The swift actions of the agents and the kits were credited by medical staff at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo for saving a minor injured in the shooting. The shooting at Kokomo Beach took place on June 15, shortly after 5 p.m. Raber, Hintz and Rood were the first to respond and quickly found the injured youngster suffering from gunshot wounds.
Raber, a former soldier, underwent training during her stay abroad as well as with the Peruvian Police Department before Hintz, along with Rood, used parts of a kit to provide medical care to the patient. minor.
“It’s a team effort,” Raber said. “You remove one person, everything collapses. So the fact that Troy was there with what he had, and between Bruce and me, it’s not just one person. The three of us know what to do, and that’s part of the job. This is part of the appeal.
According to Hintz, the miner had a “sucking chest sore,” which, if left untreated, could lead to collapsed lung. Officers used a bandage-like occlusive dressing to treat the wound, which allowed air to exit the lung but not enter, preventing the lung from collapsing further.
Officers also used a rapid clot bandage and tourniquet to treat the infant before he was taken to hospital.
Doctors who later treated the young man credit the officers’ actions for saving his life.
“That’s kind of what I signed on for,” Hintz said. “That’s what we’re here to do. That’s just my take on it, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re trained to do it, so we have to be there for the people and be able to step in… it gets to the point where it’s second nature, where if someone is hurt you just have to step in.
While the kit used by Hintz was not a “Carl’s Kit,” which is worn by many officers in both the sheriff’s and the KPD’s office, according to Rood, it was similar.
The idea behind “Carl’s Kits” arose shortly after his death in 2016, according to Rood and former KPD chief Gary McKay. According to Rood, the swift actions of the officers responding to the Koontz shooting allowed them to “prolong the inevitable.” Thanks to their actions, Rood said Koontz’s family were able to say their last farewells before his death and that the “Carl Kits” were created in his memory and intended for first responders in Howard County.
The kits contain items designed to treat injuries, ranging from broken bones to gunshots and knife wounds.
“If we can offer this hope to the victims on the ground that we meet – and we meet citizens who have been hit by a car, shot, stabbed, no matter what – we may not save them all. But if we can extend this inevitable so that a family can say their final farewells, it’s worth the practice, ”said Rood.
Training for “Carl’s Kits” and others like them was previously only available in other states, such as Florida and North Carolina. Intending to provide medical kits to more first responders in the county, Rood contacted McKay, who used contacts within the Department of Homeland Security to secure funding for the supply of the kits.
According to Rood and McKay, training in the use of the kits has been held in the past in Kokomo, Peru, and now more regularly at Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
McKay said the majority of sheriff’s office assistants and many KPD officers are trained and wear “Carl’s kits.” While not all officers wear a “Carl’s Kit,” McKay and Rood are working to raise more funds to provide more to first responders. Rood said several organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, have organized fundraisers to purchase more kits.
If the public wishes to donate to help purchase “Carl’s Kits” and others like them for law enforcement, checks can be made payable to Kokomo Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 78, with a note titled “Carl’s Kits. “