Deputy receives lifesaving award for quick response

Courtesy photo Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Campbell, third from left, receives a life-saving award after applying a tourniquet that prevented a Pinedale man from bleeding to death. He is pictured with Emergency Medical Services Director Bill Kluck, left, Sublette County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Mackenzie, who nominated him, Campbell holding his son Joey and standing behind son Iain, and Sheriff K.C. Lehr.

Sublette County Sheriff’s

Deputy Scott Campbell was recognized

after saving a Pinedale resident’s


Campbell responded in June to a medical

call at a residence in Pinedale. When

he arrived, he was directed to the bathroom

where an elderly male was holding

a towel to his arm. The towel was completely

blood soaked and there was a large

amount of dark red blood beginning to

pool on the bathroom floor.

Campbell retrieved a SWAT-T tourniquet

from his medical bag and applied

it to the upper arm of the patient, noting

the time the tourniquet was applied. He

enlisted the help of a family member to

continue to apply pressure to the wound

until Sublette County Emergency Medical

Services arrived.

The man had had fallen onto a cabinet

with a glass door in the living room,

severely cutting his right forearm. The

patient was transported to the Pinedale

Medical Clinic where the laceration was

evaluated. It was determined that the

wound was severe enough that the patient

needed emergent care and was flown to

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Campbell’s tourniquet was not removed

as it was preventing the patient from losing

blood. The patient later underwent surgery

and was released.

“If it weren’t for the quick action of

Deputy Campbell and the proper application

of the SWAT-T tourniquet, this gentleman

may have eventually bled out and

died,” Sublette County Sheriff K.C. Lehr


Campbell was awarded the life-saving

medal after he was nominated by Sgt. Andrew

Mackenzie. Mackenzie was a driving

force behind implementing tourniquets in

the Sheriff’s Office based off his experience

in the military and National Guard.

“These tourniquets were purchased

last year for all of our deputies,” Lehr

said. “Deputy Todd Morgan and Tip Top

Search and Rescue administrator Kenna

Tanner have been instrumental in teaching

the proper method of utilizing these lifesaving

devices to our staff.”

Just recently, Wyoming Highway Patrolman

Jason Moeller was honored by the state

for applying a tourniquet during a traffic

crash, which saved a woman’s life.

Campbell happens is the first to be

recognized and to receive the life-saving

award for the Sublette County Sheriff’s

Office. However, it is not the first life-save

for Sublette County deputies.

Deputy Shawn Streeter successfully performed

cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on

a victim and the Search and Rescue volunteers

and helicopter have had several lifesaves

over the past few years.

“The Sheriff’s Office just started awarding

service bars for deputies this year,” Lehr

said. “They are displayed above the right

pocket on their dress uniform. It is important

to recognize these acts of duty and the

individuals behind them.”


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