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First-aid kit donations to benefit first responders

December 15, 2018

IRONTON — A group that includes two Cabell Huntington Hospital emergency room physicians presented individual first-aid kits to 55 Lawrence County law enforcement officers this week, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

The first-aid kits, which police officers and sheriff’s deputies can wear on their utility belts, contain protective gloves, tourniquets and blood-clotting agents, Lawless said.

“I’m very happy with this,” Lawless said. “It’s a way to keep first responders going in case of trouble. At times, law enforcement officers get on scene before emergency services personnel.”

Dr. Dominique Wong and Dr. Colton Copley were among the people funding the first-aid kits, Lawless said.

“We’ve been doing training, so they know how to use them,” Wong said. “We’ve also trained teachers in a Stop the Bleed program.”

In a time when law enforcement officers are dealing with mass shootings and emergency responses, the equipment can be used to stop bleeding until ambulance crews arrive, Copley said.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge-Elect Kristen Finley, her dad, Mike Finley, Mike Jones and Amy Frasure contributed to the program.

The kits were presented to law enforcement officers Friday at the Ironton City Center, Lawless said.

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