FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Thanks to a law enforcement safety group based out of Rochester, New York, Kentucky State Police (KSP) received tourniquets Thursday.
The Spirit of Blue Foundation's "Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial" grant gave the Kentucky troopers $83,970 for the purchase of these life-saving devices. The grant was named after a trooper who was killed in the line of duty September 13, 2015 - KSP Trooper Cameron Ponder.
“On behalf of the Kentucky State Police, I would like to thank The Spirit of Blue Foundation for this very generous grant,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “This grant will allow every officer to have immediate access to an effective tool which may save a life of an officer or citizen.”
A tourniquet can be used to prevent too much blood loss from an injury until a person can get medical care.
Trooper Ponder's mother, Brenda Tiffany, helped get the grant's funding.
"It's usually a very, very dark day for us and this is a great light on a dark day," said Tiffany.
The tourniquets will be added to KSP troopers' duty belts.