Officer uses tourniquet to save pedestrian hit by car

MESCALERO, NM - A pedestrian hit by a car on an Otero County highway is alive thanks to the quick response of one New Mexico State Police officer.

According to a news release, the pedestrian suffered a severed leg just below the knee in the accident that happened on US 70 Wednesday.

That's when Officer Edward Garcia used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Officials say Garcia's quick response, and the availability of the tourniquet, largely contributed to saving the person's life.

"I didn't save him, God saved him," Garcia said, "I just provided the tourniquet."

According to officials, all New Mexico State Police officers carry emergency tourniquets at all times.

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