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Downtown Kiwanis Police Officer of the Year—Officers Lenny Reed and Ryan Winters attended an accredited, comprehensive, 81-hour tactical medic training program that was created by Cy-press Creek EMS. Cypress Creek EMS has a Tactical Medic Team that are highly trained paramedic/police officers who provide operational medical support to public safety agencies during tactical law enforcement operations at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Tactical Medical Training course is in high demand and draws an international audience each year. By training law en-forcement officers to a level that would allow advanced medical care to be provid-ed on an immediate basis during high-risk operations could be the difference between life and death.
Officers that receive this training can provide an expanded scope of pre-hospital emergency medicine where it is needed most; in a volatile and uncertain environment, where time of treatment is most critical. In the past, state law prohibited many levels of emergency medical treatment to be performed unless a person had certain certified medical education/training.
Knowing that our local EMS provider will not enter an area if it is deemed unsafe or unstable, which would delay criti-cally needed emergency medical treatment for individuals and due to being involved in high risk incidents during the course of their duties with the EPD, where people suffered from severe injuries, Lenny and Ryan knew that more needed to be offered than just the legally allowed basic treatment options.
Lenny and Ryan started the campaign to bring a higher level of emergency medical care to a tactical incident with their mission of “Bringing good medicine to bad places.”
These officers took their requests to many agencies from the local EMS providers all the way through to the Indiana State Legislature. Indiana State Representative, Wendy McNamara (R), listened to Ryan and Lenny’s recommendations, asked pertinent questions, and ultimately spoke with an expert in the field of tactical emergency medicine from Texas.
The contact made through Representative McNamara and the professional presentation made by Lenny and Ryan led to the writing of Indiana HB 1111, which was unanimously approved at first reading. It was then sent to the Senate where it is expected to pass with an emergency enactment amendment, which will put this lifesaving legislation to work immedi-ately.
As it was explained, the intent of the proposed legislation was not to give untrained technicians license to perform medi-cal procedures, but to ensure that those who are trained and competent to provide emergency medical care under stressful conditions should be allowed to legally provide life saving measures. This was understood by the legislators and well received.
In 2011 and 2012, Lenny was able to bring SSTI to Evansville to teach Tactical Combat Casualty Care. Officers from several states attended and became certified in TC3. Lives will potentially be saved because of this training.
Lenny and Ryan wanted to expand training for the EPD and brought a portion of the Combat Action Tourniquet to the department. Ryan worked diligently to obtain funding from the Evansville Police Foundation and they provided CAT’s for the entire department.
They trained the department on this life saving skill set and provided a Cat tourniquet for officers to carry on duty. Offic-ers trained over 280 EPD Officers during in-service in 2012. They also self-initiated contact with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and they trained their entire department as well in November of 2012.
Lenny and Ryan’s vision, dedication to serving, their desire to provide medical care in emergency situations and their diligence in pursuing these goals has earned them the Downtown Kiwanis Police Officer of the Year Award.