First Aid

Submitted by IN SEINE

Friday, 9 April 2010

A motorcycle patrolman was pursuing a truck along Pacific Coast Highway, when the truck suddenly braked abruptly to make a turn. The patrolman slammed into the truck's tailgate, and was seriously injured, rapidly losing blood which was spurting from a severed artery in his right leg.

A motorist who saw the accident, stopped and rushed to the wreckage, He saw the patrolman, pulled off his necktie, and quickly made a tourniquet, slowing and then stopping the bleeding.

A paramedic who arrived a few minutes later said that the driver's rapid response using his tie for a tourniquet had certainly saved the patrolman's life.

Now fast forward to five years later.

The same motorist who saved the patrolman's life, while driving in the same area, lost control of his car, went over a cliff and crashed into a tree. His right leg was severely smashed and cut, and the blood was flowing profusely.

The same patrolman who was injured in the previous accident, and now in a patrol car, arrived at the scene, applied a tourniquet that stemmed the flow until the paramedics arrived, saving the motorist's life.

As the paramedics removed the injured motorist from the car, the patrolman got a better look at the victim and realized that this was the very same motorist who had saved him five years before.

While being interviewed by a television reporter whose truck at arrived at the accident scene, the patrolman said, "It all goes to prove that... one good tourniquet deserves another."

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