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St. John's Host Medical Training Day for Local Law Enforecment

Organizers said they hope officers will bring the training back to their agencies across central Illinois. (WRSP)

Every day, law enforcement officers can find themselves in deadly situations.

Thursday, HSHS St. John's Hospital hosted a special class to teach officers how to provide first aid to themselves and those in need.

The Regional Trauma Center taught more than 50 officers the skills to help victims stop fatal bleeding at the scene before emergency medical teams arrive.

"So many times where they're there and just feel helpless of not having the training or the knowledge until the medical people arrive," said the Director of the Trauma Center, Kari Jerge.

"Especially in this day and age where violence towards law enforcement officers continues to increase,” said Paul Gann, Mason County Sheriff. “That they really have access to the skill sets to apply first aid to themselves and their partners."

Skills like stopping fatal bleeding at the scene, even before EMTs get there.

Organizers said they hope officers will bring the training back to their agencies across central Illinois.

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