Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When Officer Anthony Augustine was shot during a routine traffic stop, a special type of gauze applied to the wound helped to save his life. (Disclaimer: Everything shot in the video is a simulation, not a real scenario.)
Now every police officer in the state will have access to that gauze included in a trauma kit that is being distributed by the New York Department of Homeland Security.
Today in Ithaca, the department held real life training scenarios for its officers so they can get experience using the kit in as close to a real life situation as possible.
"it makes you fee like you have already accomplished it, you can do something and you should be successful when that happens" said Ithaca Police Officer Richard Niemi. He was being trained in Tuesday's simulations.
"The value of the scenarios is that we are actually, the officers are actually able to apply the skills, live time with simulated blood, simulated wounds, in a high stress encounter." said SGT. Jacob Young.
"An officer needs to be able to save their own life, they need to be able to save a partners life, and certainly we need to be able to save anyone in the public that might be in danger," said Young.