Deputy awarded for using tourniquet to save woman’s life

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Gold Cross Ambulance rewarded a Calumet County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Friday morning for his actions that saved the life of a woman back in November 2017.

Linda Kieso was leaving her job at Dick’s Family Foods in the Village of Sherwood when she tripped over a curb and fell, breaking her arm. 

But the injury was worse than bystanders initially thought. Linda’s bone had broken through her skin, and severed a major artery in her arm. 

She was bleeding out.

“I didn’t realize I was bleeding so bad,” Linda said, “I could feel the warmth from the blood.”

Deputy William Pearson was just a block or so away when the incident happened. He arrived on scene to wait for an ambulance. But when Dep. Pearson arrived, he realized that Linda’s injury was far more severe than a broken arm, which was what had been reported.

“I made the determination, I said we need to get the tourniquet on her arm,” Dep. Pearson remembers, “so I applied the tourniquet on her arm to stop whatever blood loss was occurring.”

The tourniquet worked, stopping the bleeding until Linda could be taken to an area hospital, where she was rushed into emergency surgery.

She has since made a full recovery, and plans to return to work soon.

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