Video: Ohio officer saves shooting victim’s life with tourniquet

Officer Aaron Napoli applied a tourniquet to stop excessive bleeding from the victim’s leg


By Amanda Lien

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus officer helped save the life of a shooting victim by applying a tourniquet to treat a profusely bleeding leg wound.

Officer Aaron Napoli responded to a shooting on April 6 and encountered a man who had been shot twice, once in the leg and once in the arm. A video posted to the Columbus Division of Police’s Facebook page shows Napoli crouching beside the victim and applying a tourniquet to the man’s wounded leg.

“This is not going to feel good, man,” he is heard saying to the victim. “But it’s going to save your life.”

 

💙THANKFUL THURSDAY - SAVING A LIFE 💙 (WARNING - video is graphic/blood) On April 6, 2020 at 7:45pm Officer Aaron Napoli was dispatched to a shooting in the 900 block of Chittenden Ave. (S. Linden area) The victim was shot in the wrist and leg. The leg injury required immediate care/treatment. Officer Napoli administerEd a tourniquet to slow/stop the profuse bleeding. The victim was hospitalized in serious condition but survived his injuries thanks to Officer Napoli’s quick life-saving actions. *You’ll notice after administering the tourniquet Officer Napoli holds the victim’s hand & reassures him he is going to be ok. Through the stress of everyday police work, on top of the dangers of the coronavirus, Officer Napoli made the victim his priority.

Posted by Columbus Division of Police on Thursday, April 9, 2020

The video shows Napoli continuing to reassure the victim. When he finishes administering the tourniquet, Napoli takes the man’s hand and reassures him he is going to be OK.

“Through the stress of everyday police work, on top of the dangers of the coronavirus, Officer Napoli made the victim his priority,” the department wrote.

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