ROCKLAND, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — A worker at a Rockland company has two police officers to thank for saving his life after a horrific industrial accident Friday.
Sergeant Thomas MacDonald and officer Mark Nota were first on scene at the National Coating Corporation shortly before a.m. where a man's left arm had been severed at the elbow.
The 66-year-old Pembroke man was sitting in a chair and losing a lot of blood when they arrived. A fellow employee had made a makeshift tourniquet with a t-shirt, but the victim was still losing large amounts of blood from his wound. The officers ran to the cruiser to get a medical bag and used a tourniquet to apply pressure to the wound.
“They applied a tourniquet to the arm and stopped the bleeding. Their decisive action more than likely saved the gentleman's life,” said Rockland Police Deputy Chief Gerard Eramos,
Eramos says since the marathon bombings in 2013, the department has put tourniquets kits in all of its cruisers. It appears the victim was working on a machine when his arm got pulled into the gears.
He's now in stable condition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
WBZ NewsRadio’s Kim Tunnicliffe (@kimwbz) reports.