Dallas central division patrol officers will soon have 200 more downed-officer kits, courtesy of the Tannehill Masonic Lodge. The lodge paid $5,000 for the kits, which contain a special anti-clotting gauze, a tourniquet and bandages. The Dallas Police Department has been giving officers the kits to help save their lives if they need them, but also for officers to use them on trauma victims to help stop blood loss.
Officials with the lodge, which dubs itself the oldest in Dallas and slightly older than the city itself, will present the kits to the patrol division soon. Mark Montez, the lodge’s president (his official title is “worshipful master”) said the group bought the kits after they approached the police department and asked how they could help.
He said lodge members were happy to chip in.
“I was born and raised in Dallas, and grew up in a rough neighborhood,” Montez said. “There have been several times where Dallas officers have helped me and my family, protecting us.”
The kits have been credited with saving Officer Joshua Burns’ life after he was shot in the leg in February, and with saving the life of a teen who was hit in a gang-related shooting earlier this month.
The tourniquets, which fell out of favor after World War II, have made a comeback in recent years. A makeshift tourniquet also helped save Arlington Det. Charles Lodatto’s life after a teen being charged with capital murder shot him in the groin.