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Nacogdoches County DA using $40k in forfeiture funds to buy medical packs for first responders

Nacogdoches County DA using $40k in forfeiture funds to buy medical packs for first responders
Updated: Jan. 14, 2020 at 2:25 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Every day, Nacogdoches Police Lt. Bill Kennedy arms himself with a tourniquet. The city's SWAT team commander says it's just one of several lifesaving tools found in trauma kits.

It's going to contain what's needed for massive hemorrhage control," said Lt. Bill Kennedy, with the Nacogdoches Police Department.

A total of nine items, including gauze, chest seals, vent packs and trauma shears are in the kits.

"And all of that packaged up nice and neat in this one simple little pouch," showed the SWAT commander as he held a small-size pouch.

The idea is to give over 300 first responders in Nacogdoches County identical trauma kits.

Dr. Chris Klingenberg with Nacogdoches Medical Center is providing the training that goes with it.

“Any officer that has been through that training, whether it’s their kit or someone else, they see this pouch, they know exactly what’s in it and exactly how to use all of those contents,” explained Kennedy.

Nacogdoches County assistant prosecutor Andrew Jones attended an active shooter forum last month. The Army veteran was reminded of how equipment and training can make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. He asked, what the district attorney’s office can do to make a difference.

“Their response was, we need gear," said Jones.

The consensus was, what better way to use civil asset forfeitures, commonly referred to as forfeited drug money.

"This is exactly what that money is for. We are required by law to utilize the funds for law enforcement purposes. The first tenet of 'protect and serve' is to protect," explained Jones.

A sum of $40,000 will go toward the purchase of several hundred kits. In addition to first responders, selected courthouse personnel will receive the tools and the training.

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