Haines City Police officers continue to step in to save the life of our residents and this time the unfortunate incident landed at the police station's front door.
Shortly after body cam training Friday, Police Chief Greg Goreck was standing in the parking lot talking to Officers Sabina Rivera, Carly Johnson, Omari Green, Justin Vasquez, and Matthew Noe. All five were participating in the training on their day off.
While they were talking, a gentleman pulled up to the front parking lot screaming call 911.
The officers and Chief Goreck observed that he was covered in blood and that he was grasping his arm. He advised that he had cut himself. Like a surgical team, these officers grabbed the needed equipment, ran to his aid, and started trying to stop the bleeding. A tourniquet was applied due to the massive damage to his arm. A firefighter at the substation behind the police department also assisted with rendering aid.
The man was flown to a trauma center to get further medical treatment for his injuries. Police officials said he is doing well after the initial actions of the officers and subsequent actions of a firefighter.
During an investigation, police learned the man had been working on a car when something fell on his arm and ripped it open. He then decided it would be easier to drive to the hospital instead of calling an ambulance. When he encountered heavy traffic on U.S. 27, he decided to pull into the police department to look for help.
We want to say thank you again to the police officers for their service despite being off-duty.