Town of Warwick police officers and an EMT from the Warwick Ambulance Corps acted quickly and saved the life of longtime resident, Steve Pennings. The injury occurred as a result of a malfunction in the track of a snowmobile that Steve was doing routine maintenance on.
On Tues., Nov. 22 both agencies were dispatched to Warwick Turnpike for a severe leg injury. Police Officer Kevin Terry, the first arriving officer, immediately applied a tourniquet to the injured leg.
Police Officer Felix Oresto and EMT Michael Luraschi, a member of the Warwick Ambulance Corps, arrived next and applied a second tourniquet. The first responders are credited with not only saving Pennings injured leg but they ultimately saved his life.
The Warwick Police Department began carrying tourniquets on their duty belts in 2014. Studies in the battlefield have shown tremendous success in reversing what would be fatal trauma by applying the tourniquet. The Warwick Ambulance Corps provided the initial training to the officers as well as annual refresher training.