WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New York City police officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a stabbing incident in Harlem on July 7.
- Kennedy treated the victim’s wound using an empty bag of potato chips and a packing tape.
- The man was alive, but in critical condition, and his attending physician said that Kennedy’s improvised device might have helped in saving his life.
A New York City police officer quickly responded to a stabbing incident by treating the victim’s wound with packing tape and an empty bag of potato chips, which helped make sure that the 28-year-old victim stayed alive until medical help arrived.
On July 7, officer Ronald Kennedy hopped out of his car to help the man who was slumped in a folding chair and stabbed in the “lungs.”
Kennedy quickly commanded a man at the scene to “go get [him] a bag of potato chips.” The man then hurried into a nearby bodega and returned with a bag of Classic Lay’s. Kennedy opened the bag and released the chips onto the sidewalk, while also telling the man to try to relax.
The officer again instructed the attending man to go back inside and get tape. He also asked two onlookers to help him get the 28-year-old onto the ground.
Kennedy went on to seal the edges of the empty yellow bag and pressed it onto the man’s bloodstained shirt with the use of the tape.
“We got you. We got you. Don’t touch,” he told the stabbed man. “Stay with me.”
Shortly after, the medical team arrived and the man was brought to Harlem Hospital. An attending physician said that Kennedy’s quick action and improvised technique might have saved the victim’s life.
According to police, as The Washington Post said in a statement, the man was in critical condition on Monday.
The alleged attacker was identified as Eric Rodriguez and got arrested four days after the incident. He was under investigation for attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the stabbing. The 38-year-old attacker, however, was released on Friday based on jail records.
Rodriguez’ attorney did not immediately respond to a comment request.
In a social media post containing a video of the encounter, Chief Rodney Harrison said that what Kennedy did was “just one example of the heroic work that your NYPD officers do every day.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea also expressed his sentiment about the incident in a tweet, saying that Kennedy’s bravery was “above and beyond,” and that he showed “New York’s Finest at work.”
Source: The Washington Post