Donation puts life-saving tourniquets in every Knox deputy's car

Every Knox County deputy will soon have access to a piece of life saving equipment on the job.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation awarded a grant to the sheriff's office that will be used to buy 100 Combat Application Tourniquets.

The sheriff's office bought 400 tourniquets last August but didn't have enough to cover every vehicle. This donation will let officials meet that goal.

"Anyone who is going to be in a life and death situation where there may be a severed artery or severed vein, a tourniquet is necessary to stabilize the injured person to get them to a medical facility where they can be treated," said Andrew Heltsley with the Spirit of Blue Foundation.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office began working to get tourniquets for each deputy after Sergeant Mike Ledbetter was shot in the leg in a confrontation last June and nearly died.

The sheriff's office says Sergeant Ledbetter is back to working full-time and on his way to a full recovery.


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