Whitestown police equipment now includes trauma kits

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WHITESTOWN, Ind. (WTHR) - An small Indiana police department just took a big step toward saving lives of officers if they are critically injured on the job.

Every Whitestown police officer is now carrying a trauma kit.

“I wanted to give my officers another way to survive if something bad happens to them," said Chief Dennis Anderson. “Losing one of them is my worst nightmare."

The kit contains items to treat gunshot wounds on the spot. The user inserts a material designed to stop bleeding.

The officers were trained this week at police headquarters. They also reviewed other lifesaving training methods, including CPR and treating certain critical injuries to citizens and officers.

Anderson hopes they will never need the kits.

"It's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them," said Anderson.

The kits cost $21.00 each and must be replaced after four years. Some other area departments utilize the kits as well.

The kits carried now in Whitestown police cars were designed after a military lifesaving kit used in combat units.

The Whitestown department includes a staff of about 24 police officers.

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