SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyo. – Deputy Scott Campbell of the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office received a lifesaving award for his quick action during a medical call earlier this year.
On June 21, 2019, Deputy Campbell responded to a medical call at a residence in Pinedale. Upon arriving, Deputy Campbell was directed to the bathroom where an elderly male was holding a towel to his arm. The towel was completely soaked in blood and there was a large amount of dark, red blood beginning to pool on the bathroom floor.
Deputy Campbell retrieved a SWAT-T tourniquet from his medical bag and applied it to the upper arm of the patient, noting the time the tourniquet was applied. Campbell enlisted the help of a family member to continue to apply pressure to the wound until Sublette County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived.
A quick investigation revealed the victim had fallen onto a cabinet with a glass door in the living room, severely lacerating his right forearm.
The patient was transported to the Pinedale Medical Clinic where the laceration was evaluated. It was determined that the wound was severe enough that the patient needed emergent care and was life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Deputy Campbell’s tourniquet was not removed as it was preventing the patient from losing blood. The patient later underwent surgery and was later released.
If not for the quick action of Deputy Campbell and the proper application of the SWAT-T tourniquet, the victim may have eventually bled out and died. For his actions, Deputy Campbell was awarded the lifesaving medal.
Campbell was nominated for the honor by his Sergeant, Andrew Mackenzie. Sergeant Mackenzie was a driving force behind implementing tourniquets in the Sheriff’s Office based on his experience in the military and National Guard. Tourniquets were purchased last year for all of deputies. Deputy Todd Morgan and Tip Top Search and Rescue administrator Kenna Tanner conducted training in the proper method of utilizing the lifesaving devices.
Just recently, Wyoming Highway Patrolman Jason Moeller was honored by the state for applying a tourniquet during a traffic crash, which saved a woman’s life.
Deputy Campbell happens to be the first to be recognized and to receive the lifesaving award for the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office. However, it is not the first time a life has been saved by Sublette County Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputy Shawn Streeter once successfully performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a victim. Search and Rescue volunteers have had several life-saves over the past few years.
The Sheriff’s Office recently began awarding service bars for deputies this year. They are displayed above the right pocket on all dress uniforms.
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