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Pocono police are shown how a tight turn can save lives

Inside the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department local officers are learning how a tight turn of a tourniquet can save lives. 

Officer Amanda Healy carries one at all times.

"All officers and first responders should have one. You never know what is going to happen, something like this we have proven they save lives," said Healy. 

In November State Police Trooper Seth Kelly used a tourniquet after being shot in the leg. The move saved his life and spurred Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono to donate 200 tourniquets to area police departments.

ER Doctor Brent Schoenfeldt of the Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono Emergency Department says the tourniquets are extremely vital.

"It's life," he said. 

Shoenfeldt, who teaches the turn of a tourniquet,  says victims can bleed out in three minutes and be unconscious in 90 seconds.

A piece of cloth, Velcro and a simple move can have big life-saving impacts in the field.

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