A tourniquet built in to Kentucky State Police troopers’ uniforms is being credited with helping save the life of a trooper shot in 2019.
According to a statement from Kentucky State Police, the Combat Application Tourniquet, which was issued to every trooper and officer in KSP in September 2018, was used to help render first aid to KSP Trooper Brad Martin, who serves out of KSP Post 13 in Hazard, after Martin was shot in the line of duty on June 11, 2019. Martin is being credited with being the very first officer saved through the tourniquet grant.
Martin was taking part in serving a warrant in Perry County when he was shot in the thigh, the statement says. According to the statement, other troopers serving with Martin got him to cover and applied the tourniquet before rushing him to a nearby hospital.
Martin has since made a full recovery and returned to active duty. According to the statement, Martin, himself, believes the tourniquet and his fellow troopers saved his life.
“By the grace of God, I am still here today,” shared Trooper Martin. “The prompt application of the tourniquet and quick action by my fellow brothers played a major part in limiting the extent of my injury and my ability to recover.”
According to the statement, KSP troopers Dan Smoot and Josh Richardson rendered first aid to Martin and transported him to Hazard ARH Hospital for treatment.
The Combat Application Tourniquet from North American Rescue was supplied to troopers through a grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation. Brenda Tiffany, the mother of fallen KSP Trooper Cameron Ponder advocated for the tourniquet grant.
“Since the day I lost my son, I have looked for ways to help protect his brothers in gray,” says Tiffany. “I had no idea how those efforts were going to impact someone so close to Cameron.”
Trooper Martin graduated with the Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 92 in January 2015 and was a roommate with Trooper Ponder during their time at the academy, the statement says. Out of that cadet class there have been two troopers lost in the line of duty, Trooper Eric Chrisman and Trooper Cameron Ponder. Trooper Martin was almost the third.
For more information of the Spirit of Blue Foundation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.