EPPD Wives fundraise to equip officers with life-saving tool

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It’s a basic life-saving tool that El Paso Police officers do not have as standard issue.

But, that’s about to change.

Following the tragic events in Las Vegas that happened earlier this month, the El Paso Police Wives Association said it’s raising money to equip each officer with two tourniquets.

"Are we prepared for something like that?” asked Melissa Bailey, president of the group.

She said it will help EPPD officers if they ever find themselves in a situation where it’s needed.

"You don't want it to happen here and you pray it never does,” she said. "But, I would rather our officers be prepared than not be."

She said the group has taken on fundraising efforts to equip the more than 1,000 El Paso Police officers with tourniquets.

It’s a tool that’s used to stop blood flow.

"That's their life and a civilian's,; if they're not injured, that's two lives,” she said.

Sgt. Robert Gomez with EPPD said it would be helpful.

"At this time, it's not a standard-issue piece of equipment,” he said.

Gomez told KFOX14 the department has a limited amount of tourniquets.

He said they’re assigned to vehicles, not officers.

“Anytime you can have some type of life-saving equipment, early on is just a benefit for the officers and the community,” he said.

Bailey said this will help save time.

"They can have them right there on them and they're not having to run back to the vehicle,” she said.

Gomez said use of the tourniquets will require instruction.

“There is training that goes along with it,” he said.

Bailey told KFOX14 the police wives are hoping to raise about $75,000 for the cause.

"Why not give them the equipment to be able to jump in and save a life or stop a bleed until medics can get there?” she said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for those wishing to donate.

Bailey said the association is working on various fundraising events that will be coming up.

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