Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca police officer used a tourniquet to save the life of a critically injured woman early Wednesday morning.

Officer Christopher Cady responded to 150 West Village Place at 12:52 a.m. for a report of a woman who had a “self inflicted, life-threatening injury.”

Cady found the woman “bleeding heavily” from a laceration to her left arm. The woman was combative as police secured the area to treat her.

But Cady removed a tourniquet from his belt and applied it to the woman’s arm “despite her kicking and punching officers,” Officer Jamie Williamson said in a news release.

The application of the tourniquet stopped the bleeding within several minutes.

Bangs took the woman to the hospital. No foul play is suspected.

The woman survived.

“The injury that this woman sustained was devastating. I have no doubt that the application of the tourniquet by Officer Cady saved this woman’s life,” Police Chief John Barber said in a news release.

“He reverted to his training during what I am sure what a chaotic and stressful event. I am immensely proud of his efforts.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.