NYPD officer saves stabbing victim’s life with empty potato bag and tape | US news
A New York police officer kept a stabbing victim alive using an empty bag of potato chips and duct tape.
Police chiefs have praised New York Police Officer Ronald Kennedy for his quick thinking after placing a makeshift tourniquet on a man’s wound.
The extraordinary action was captured on a body camera after the officer responded to a stabbing incident in Harlem on July 7.
“Above beyond!” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted on Friday. “NY’s #Finest in action…”
The department said the victim, a 28-year-old man, was stabbed in the torso.
“Go get me a bag of potato chips now,” Mr. Kennedy heard ordering a passerby to record the body camera.
Then the victim told the officer, “He hit me in the lung.”
“I know, I know,” Kennedy says. “just relax.”
After a passerby brings the officer an open bag of Lay’s potato chips, Kennedy hastily opens the bag and dumps it on the floor.
Then he told a passerby, “Go in there and get me a tape.”
He asked two other people to help him lay the victim on the floor before using tape to secure the floppy bag of potato chips to the bleeding man’s chest.
Mr. Kennedy reassured the victim: “We got you. We got you. Stay with me.”
When the paramedics arrived, Mr. Kennedy told them, “I’ve tried. It’s the best I can do with what I’ve got.”
Paramedics help remove the cyst and place gauze over the wound.
“Keep breathing, brother,” Kennedy says, before the victim is taken to the hospital in critical condition.
In a statement, police said the attending physician attributed the victim’s survival to Mr. Kennedy’s actions.
The victim’s condition remains critical but stable in hospital on Sunday.
Police said officers arrested Eric Rodriguez, 38, on suspicion of attempted murder, assault and weapon possession in connection with the July 11 stabbing.
New York City prison records indicate he was released on Friday. No reason is listed.