Photo by Corey Hearne

Teen’s Training Saves Co-Workers

What would you do if you walked into and saw that two of your co-workers had been stabbed?  No, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not!

In a recent report from FoxNews it was revealed that a Georgia teen, Mario Alexander, 17 had noticed two of his fellow Target employees had been stabbed by robbers.  The wounds were serious, one employee was described as “bleeding profusely” at the time.  Once again I ask, what would you do?

If you had the “explorer corporal” skills that young Mario has you would most likely jump into action in a life or death situation like this.  As a member of the Cobb County Police Explorer Program, high-schoolers like Mario are trained in “basic first aid knowledge and police work”.  Now, that’s a productive after-school activity if I’ve ever heard of one!

“Corporal Alexander credits the training he has received as a Cobb County Police Explorer for preparing him for this event,”

With one employee bleeding from the arm and another from the neck, Mario swung into action.  Like a scene out of your favorite hospital drama he instinctively uses his shirt as a tourniquet on the arm and gauze to apply pressure on the neck wound.  T

hen he waits for both employees which are very important.  Shock could definitely settle in here and make things worst.  Just being there and talking to the injured is just as important as tending to their wounds.

Before we sum this all up, let me just inform you that according to this article, “following the incident, a 27-year-old man was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of armed robbery, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”  That’s GOOD NEWS. Now, back to you.

Would you have known how to attend to those injuries?  What if it was one of your loved ones who was stabbed?  Do you even know where the gauze is in your place of employment?  Survival skills can not only save you but others as well.  Just something to think about.

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