Lake City police officer applies first aid to help save man's life

Officer Brian Bruenger uses towel to create makeshift tourniquet


LAKE CITY, Fla. – A Lake City police officer helped applied first aid to a man Thursday, helping save his life. 

Officer Brian Bruenger was called to a home on Northwest Alaska Glen just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, where he found a man with an arm injury the front yard, the Lake City Police Department said.

Bruenger began to render aid but when the man moved his arm, the arterial blood began to gush from the wound, according to the report. 

Bruenger then used a towel to create a makeshift tourniquet and slow the bleeding until paramedics arrived. 

The man was taken to UF Health in Gainesville.

"The quick thinking and response of Officer Bruenger to his first aid training may have saved a life," said Lake City Police Chief Argatha Gilmore.

The investigation revealed that the man sliced his arm open when he punched through a window after being locked out of the home by a family member.

Police said the family member had locked him out because the man got in "an argument with his kitchen sink" and became combative and erratic.