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This is a picture of the sidewalk where the victim was initially shot.

What follows is a true story that I share with people when they ask why they should take a Tactical Emergency Medicine training class.  

Last year while working late one night in my home office, I heard a gunshot and I could instantly tell it was very close, like right outside.  

Part of me knew I needed to be ready to take action and part of me was worried that I was not prepared.  

After ensuring that the coast was clear, I stepped outside my door and heard a young man talking to 911.  When I heard him say, “I’ve been shot!”, I knew I had to try to help.

Already armed, I grabbed my phone and left my front door, terrified of what I was going to find.  As I rounded the corner of my driveway, I saw a young man, about 20 years old, limping down the street towards me.  

In the streetlight, I could see a very large trail of blood up and down the street.  My first thought was, “Is that as much blood as it looks like?  This kid is in trouble.”

I ran up to him talking as calmly as I could as I took him by the shoulder and led him to the sidewalk.  I told him to sit, then lay down as he continued to talk to the 911 dispatch.  His entire lower left leg was soaked in blood.  

I knew I had heard only one gunshot and I found the bullet wound in his calf.  As I tried to get him to stay calm and breathe, inside I was panicking as I realized I had no tourniquet, and no idea what to do next.  

Fortunately, within a minute of me finding the victim in the street, a police officer pulled up to the scene.  I have never in my life witnessed a police response that quickly.  The officer walked up and I immediately told him where the wound was and that I was concerned about the amount of blood that I had seen in the street.  

Without a word, the officer pulled a CAT tourniquet from his belt, and quickly and efficiently applied it to the victim’s leg.  Even though the kid started screaming as the officer tightened the tourniquet down, I felt a wave of relief.  

This event taught me that while I can spend all day on the range practicing my draw speed, double taps and moving and shooting drills, my skills are severely lacking if I don’t have real world first aid training and essential gear as well.  

Your chance to take a Tactical Emergency Medicine course is coming up, October 19th and 20th in Colorado Springs

Chris Valenzuela of Spent Brass Training Solutions will be teaching this first rate training course at Pikes Peak Gun Club.  You would be crazy to miss this chance to take this life saving course!

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