A U.S. Army veteran who is now a New York City police officer is being credited for saving the life of a suicidal woman.
The New York City Police Department dispatched 28-year-old officer Kevin Strawn and his partner to Harlem on Saturday night, after receiving a 911 call from a man who said his wife was locked in her bedroom and he feared she did or would harm herself, according to local news station WABC.
When Strawn and his partner arrived on scene, they tried to reason with the man’s 45-year-old wife through her bedroom door. But the woman demanded that they leave her alone.
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The officers tried to gain entry into the room but the door was blocked by a dresser. Strawn and his partner pushed their way through the door and found the woman lying on her back, with her wrists bleeding from razor cuts.
Strawn, who has been a member of the NYPD for two years, immediately used a tourniquet kit from his partner’s belt to apply pressure to the woman’s left shoulder to prevent her from losing more blood. Strawn then used a dress shirt he found in the room to make a second tourniquet for the woman’s right arm.
The officers were able to revive the woman and they continued applying pressure to her wounds until emergency medics arrived on scene.
The officers, along with the medics, wrapped the woman in a bed sheet and carried her to an ambulance which transported her to a local hospital. She is reportedly listed in stable condition.
Officers later found a crude suicide note inside the bedroom, according to WABC.
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