WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A West Lafayette Police officer is getting a Silver Merit Award after saving a life.
It happened on Aug. 27 when officers were called to the scene of an early morning shooting. Officer Brian Danosky was the first to get there. When he arrived, he found the victim suffering from a potentially deadly gunshot wound to the leg. Officers report the victim lost a substantial amount of blood.
Danosky quickly placed a tourniquet above the victim's wound and called additional medical services. The doctors operating on the victim said Danosky's actions are responsible for helping save the victim's life.
WLPD Chief Troy Harris said in a statement:
"Officer Danosky performed this life-saving aid within a short distance of where the shooting took place and where the suspect was still armed. Officer Danosky disregarded the potential danger to himself in order to protect and save the life of another. Officer Danosky's actions during this incident and his dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of policing and reflect great credit upon himself, his fellow officers, and the West Lafayette Police Department."
Chief Harris said this is a prestigious award has only been given three times within the last ten years. Officer Danosky will recieve a bar that will go on his uniform and framed certificate. The department is planning an informal award ceremony to honor Danosky.