DONLEY COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - While traveling to a Texas Rangers baseball game and an APD officer stopped to assist an injured motorist.
On Saturday Sept. 17, APD Sergeant Mitch Woodard was driving through Donley County when he noticed a white pickup truck that had been involved in a single vehicle accident with a guard rail.
When he approached the truck and could see that the guard rail had impaled the truck through the front and out the back.
Woodard found that the leg of the front seat passenger had been severed and was bleeding profusely and he instantly applied pressure to the victim's leg to control the bleeding.
As another person stopped to help, Woodard asked if they had a belt that he could use to create a make shift tourniquet, stopping the flow of blood.
Woodard tended to the victim until Donley County deputies and Volunteer Fire and Rescue arrived and took over medical treatment.
The victim was transported to a hospital and is now in stable condition.
The APD feel Woodard's training, experience, and quick thinking is why the victim is still alive today.
The department trains every year on the use of tourniquets and self/buddy first aid, and feel this incident shows the effectiveness of it.