Southcoast donates tourniquets to N.B. police in honor of fallen officer

STEPHANIE RABY, manager of the trauma center at St. Luke’s Hospital, and Dr. Michael Grossman, chief of trauma surgery at Southcoast Health, stand in front of the ambulance entrance at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. Southcoast Health recently donated a tourniquet to each of New Bedford’s 255 police officers. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH

NEW BEDFORD – Southcoast Health has donated a tourniquet to each one of killed in the line of duty last year.

Tourniquets, used to control bleeding, are being used in trauma care in both pre-hospital and hospital settings.

“Southcoast Health’s generous donation of holstered tourniquets will save precious moments where life and death hang in the balance. Denise and I cannot imagine a more fitting tribute for our son,” said Patrick Gannon, Sean Gannon’s father and a 40-year employee of Southcoast Health.

The southeastern Massachusetts health system has paid tribute to Sean Gannon previously by renaming the pediatric unit at St. Luke’s Hospital after him, and putting $25,000 in proceeds from a T-shirt fundraiser toward building the K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon Memorial Playground at Campbell Elementary School in New Bedford.

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A TOURNICQUET and holster donated by Southcoast Health to the New Bedford Police Department. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH

Police officers who are equipped with tourniquets are much better positioned to give potentially lifesaving aid to someone who is bleeding heavily, said Dr. Michael Grossman, Southcoast Health’s chief of trauma and acute care surgery, and Stephanie Raby, trauma program manager at St. Luke’s Hospital.

“When a tourniquet is properly applied in the field, it reduces blood loss and gives emergency department staff an advantage in achieving positive outcomes when treating patients,” Grossman said.

“Sgt. Gannon’s sacrifice has become such a deeply rooted part of the South Coast. The donation of tourniquets expresses yet another way that Sean’s life and his service will touch members of the community,” Raby said.

The tourniquets were delivered to the New Bedford Police Department earlier this month.

“K-9 Sgt. Gannon’s loss impacted the police community and the city of New Bedford in a profound way,” said New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro. “This simple lifesaving tool of tourniquets addresses the risks that all police officers in the field of law enforcement [face] as they protect and serve our community.”

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