Davenport Officers saved Chief Behning with tourniquets, Buffalo Police now carry them

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SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) -- On September 25 Buffalo Police Chief T.J. Behning was trying to put out stop sticks to stop a man in a stolen dump truck.

The truck hit Behning's squad car and eventually, his squad car hit him.

"It was a tourniquet that probably saved T.J.'s life that day," said Buffalo Police Cpl. Rich Aleksiejczyk. "It was applied by a couple of Davenport Officers on scene."

One tourniquet was applied to each of the chief's legs.

"Some officers carry two or three," said Davenport Police training and range officer Bob Welch. "The detective in question that I talked to had two, one we had issued and one he purchased himself."

As of a few years ago, all Davenport Police officers have been trained to use tourniquets and they get re-trained every two years.

75% of officers voluntarily carry them in their squad car or on their person.

"Obviously here it pays off," said Officer Welch. "When the rubber meets the road and you have an incident like this you can see it's all worth it."

Once the tourniquet is applied, officers have about two hours to get medical treatment to the person injured.

"It's just a matter of keeping blood inside of a victim until we can get that person to the hospital," Officer Welch added. "That's pretty easy in most cases."

Buffalo Officers didn't carry them at the time, but now have them thanks to a donation from Linwood Stone and Mining.

"It makes me feel good, I didn't have one before and I probably didn't realize the significance of the use of it," said Cpl. Aleksiejczyk. "We truly know the significance and the importance of having that tool now."