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Colfax county law enforcement agencies receive tourniquets

March 6, 2019

The Schuyler Police Department recently received a surprise that is meant to assist officers when out in the community.

The Back the Blue Auxiliary made a sizable donation of tourniquets to SPD, as well as several other area law enforcement agencies. Schuyler Police Chief K.C. Bang said his officers have yet to use any of the tourniquets, adding he hopes they never have to. But, he stressed, the department was super appreciative of Back the Blue and all of the work it does.

“We were surprised and very happy,” Bang said about the donation of tourniquets, device used to stop blood flow of a vein or artery by compressing a limb with a cord or bandage. ”To donate a piece of potential life-saving equipment was very meaningful to us.”

Susan Uhl is president of Back the Blue Auxiliary. The group started out as a Facebook page meant to support the families of local law enforcement. In summer 2018, it became an official nonprofit organization. Inspired by an individual’s donation, the group bought and donated tourniquets to S.P.D., as well as the sheriff’s offices in Colfax, Butler and Platte counties.

Each tourniquet cost $25 and tourniquet holder $35. The group was able to raise the necessary funds from selling wristbands, car decals and hosting raffles at various community events.

Uhl said Back the Blue is currently working on buying tourniquet holders for all law enforcement agencies in the area.

“We want to make sure all of the support systems for the officers are actually being supported as well,” Uhl said.