July 17, 2017
On 7/15/17 around 2am, State College Police were monitoring bar crowds in the 100 block of South Garner Street. Officers heard glass break and saw a 25 year old male pulling his arm out of a large glass store window. The male fled and officers located him on the 400 block of E. College Ave. The male was covered in blood from which was coming from an arterial bleed in his right arm caused by breaking the window. Officers administered first aid and obtained a belt from the male’s friend which they used as a make-shift tourniquet. A police supplied tourniquet arrived and was used by officers to control his bleeding. The male went unconscious before emergency medical services arrived. He was transported by ambulance to Life Flight, which flew the male to UPMC-Altoona where he underwent emergency surgery. Trauma staff at UPMC state the tourniquet application was a life saving measure by the involved officers. The male is recovering at UPMC-Altoona.
State College Police officers received training on the use of tourniquets two years ago. Each officer is issued a tourniquet as part of their duty gear.
Lt. Greg Brauser #3242