The Duneland School Corporation (DSC) recently received a donation of a "Public Access Bleeding Control Station" from a New York based company that is operated by a graduate of Chesterton High School. Tony Emanuele, a federal law enforcement officer currently based in Washington, D.C., is the co-owner of Medicine in Bad Places. He and his partner/co-owner, Shawn Soler, travel around the country teaching tactical medicine courses to police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel. Emanuele recently spent time in Chesterton training DSC employees on the use of tourniquets as a primary source of first aid for serious bleeding.
"Stop The Bleed" is the latest in first aid training with origins coming out of the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. First responders across the United States are being trained on the application of tourniquets and pressure bandages that are utilized to stop bleeding in cases or serious lacerations or blood loss related trauma.
The donated kit, presented to the school corporation on the first day of school, will be mounted outside of the Nurse's Office at Chesterton High School. DSC Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ginger Bolinger has directed the corporation's security and safety manager to make plans for purchasing similar kits for each of the DSC building locations. In June, all of the corporations custodial, building and grounds and maintenance staff were certified in the use of the emergency medical kits and plans are being made for bus drivers to be certified in the near future.
"We are very thankful for the efforts of Tony Emanuele. We appreciate this generous donation which will provide one more layer of safety for our students, staff and those who visit our buildings,” said Dr. Bolinger.