Belleview man donates over 80 tourniquets to help law enforcement
MARION COUNTY, Fla.-- One Marion County resident is paying it forward to local law enforcement members by giving them a tool deputies say they usually don't carry on them in the field.
Tom Cafaro, a local business owner from Belleview, donated more than 80 tourniquets to the Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.
The donation comes after one of his good friends, also a deputy, was involved in a shooting back in February.
That shooting injured another deputy, Sergeant Daniel Trammell.
Sergeant Trammell was hit in the knee and put in the hospital.
"Medical attention is rapid, but when blood is... Leaving the body every, literally every minute counts," Cafaro says.
Marion County Sheriff's deputies are calling Cafaro's gift a generous one.
Deputies currently do not carry tourniquets when they're out in the field.
"I thought it was awesome. Just... support from the community is always greatly appreciated by all of the officers, but to donate something that might save your life one day is just unbelievable," says Captain Louis Pulford of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Cafaro says he just wants to be able to make a difference for those he says put their lives on the line for the residents of Marion County.
"It's just something that, uh, every second counts. If it was more serious, it could save their life," he says.
Cafaro will be meeting with the City of Belleview Police Department on Monday to donate more tourniquets for their officers.
He wants to name them after the deputy involved in February's shooting-- "Trammell's Tourniquets."
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