Two women were arrested Tuesday morning after a 26-year-old man was stabbed at a residence in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue.
According to police, it was around 12:55 a.m. Tuesday when they were called to the residence and found the male victim with serious stab wounds. He was taken to Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Witnesses told police that there was drug use at the residence and that an argument broke out over money and resulted in the stabbing. 23-year-old Loida Leal and 21-year-old Natalia Segundo-Marquez were both arrested in connection with the stabbing.
"Anything can happen at any moment, and in order to help before first responders get there they need to know how to do some first aid," said Donnie Merssing, Corpus Christi Police Department Training Division Captain.
The department has been teaching cadets how to administer first aid for years, and most officers carry a kit with a tourniquet inside.
"We've seen too many of the time officers getting shot in the line of duty like we've had in the past," Merssing said. "We were fortunate to have some tourniquets right there on the scene where the officer was able to use those and possibly save some lives."
One of those was the life of a 26-year-old man who suffered several stab wounds overnight Tuesday. The responding officer used his training and with the help of witnesses to stop the victim from bleeding with a belt.
"If it's a bandana, a belt, a shirt, a pair of pants. Anything that you can wrap around a limb," Merssing said.
Officer Braden Tackett demonstrated how someone could use a tourniquet in an emergency or even on themselves.
"Whenever you are bleeding heavily from a limb you want to slide it over the limb get it as tight as possible," Tackett said
The tourniquets officers carry have a toggle to tighten the band but on Tuesday's incident witnesses used a spoon. Staying two to three inches above the wound is essential.
"Start twisting what you are trying to do is constrict the muscle to stop the arteries from bleeding," Tackett said
Someone could bleed out in just a couple of minutes, so the time before paramedics arrive at the scene is crucial.
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