U.S. Customs and Border Protection say two of their Officers assigned to the Paso Del Norte border crossing helped save a victim of multiple gunshot wounds.
Officials say the incident happened june 8, at approximately 3:30 pm, when 29-year-old man arrived at the Paso del Norte border crossing from Mexico. Officers quickly saw that the man had several gunshot wounds throughout his body and Emergency Medical Services was immediately called.
While they were waiting for EMS to arrive, CBP Officer Beasley arrived and applied a tourniquet to the man’s wounds; Supervisory CBP Officer Insko and CBP Officer Roman also showed up and began applying additional tourniquets to man’s wounds.
The responding CBP Officers also made sure that the man’s limbs were elevated to maintain blood within the essential organs. The CBP Officers also applied direct pressure to the wounds not requiring tourniquets, using the man’s clothing.
“CBP Officers demonstrated remarkable efforts in keeping the subject in stable condition until EMS arrived” said CBP Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha,” Our CBP Officers are not only committed to our national security mission, but they are also committed to the well-being of our community members.”
CBP officials added that is not uncommon for their officers to provide critical care to travelers in distress.
“Throughout the last year CBP Officers have provided aid to travelers that are unresponsive for a variety of reasons, are in active labor, suffering from gunshot wounds, have overdosed, or have been severely wounded,” CBP officials said.
CBP Officers receive training to assist them in these situations, many CBP Officers have first aid training, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training, and many are also certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).