A quick-thinking New York police officer used an empty bag of crisps and duct tape to treat a stab wound to a 29-year-old man in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood earlier this month, saving his life .
The New York Police Department released body camera footage of the July 7 incident on Friday.
NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue.
Body camera footage shows Kennedy arriving at the scene at 10:22 a.m. on the night of July 7, as shown on the video’s timestamp.
The image above shows a New York City police officer using an empty bag of chips to treat a stab wound on July 7
NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan on the night of July 7
The quick-witted cop emptied a bag of chips and used duct tape to seal the wound
Kennedy is seen in the video getting out of the police car and asking a passerby to “get me a bag of chips right now.”
He then approaches the victim, who tells Kennedy that “he caught me in my lung”.
“I know, I know, relax,” the officer replies.
The video shows the young man’s torso bleeding profusely through a white tank top.
A passerby is then seen handing Kennedy a bag of chips. The officer empties the bag of chips, then asks the same passerby to go back to a local store and get some duct tape.
Kennedy’s body camera footage shows him approaching the victim, a 29-year-old man, in Harlem on the night of July 7
Kennedy then asks two other passers-by to help him treat the victim.
“Help me lay him down,” the officer said to the two passers-by.
“We’ve got you, we’ve got you,” Kennedy is heard telling the victim as he taps the empty bag of chips to his chest.
The officer is then heard telling the victim not to touch his chest.
As it seems that the victim is starting to pass out, Kennedy tells him, “Stay with me. Stay with me.’
Another passer-by is heard saying to the victim, “Stay awake, okay?”
The video then shows other officers and first responders arriving at the scene to assist Kennedy.
“It’s the best I can do with what I had,” Kennedy is heard telling his colleagues.
Another officer is then seen removing the bag of chips and applying another adhesive to the victim’s chest.
Kennedy then asks others for help in getting the victim onto a stretcher so that she can be loaded into an ambulance.
“Keep breathing, keep breathing, boss,” the officer told the victim.
First responders subsequently arrived and placed the victim in an ambulance
The attending physician at the Harlem hospital told the NYPD that Kennedy’s actions likely saved the man’s life.
The NYPD says the attending physician at the Harlem hospital credited Kennedy with saving the man’s life.
“This is just one example of the heroic work your NYPD agents do every day,” NYPD Department Head Rodney Harrison tweeted Friday.
The city has seen an upsurge in crime in recent months.
According to the NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal which tracks crime figures, 225 New Yorkers have been murdered so far in 2021 – an increase of almost 5% from the same period last year.
Of those 225 murders in New York this year, 69 of them took place in the Bronx, accounting for 31% of all murders in the Big Apple.
There were 49 murders in the borough last year, accounting for just 22% of all murders across the city as of July 11, 2020.
The death toll in the Bronx in particular has jumped 64.8% year-over-year, from 193 shootings in 2020 to 318 in 2021.
This means that about 42% of all shooting victims in New York City were from the Bronx this year.
There has also been an increase in the number of rapes and criminal assaults in New York City so far this year, according to the latest figures from CompStat 2.0.
The NYPD also reports that there has been a 22.2% increase in the number of gunshot fatalities as well as a 29% increase in the number of gunshot incidents in the five boroughs this year.
The city has seen an upsurge in crime in recent months. According to the NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal which tracks crime figures, 225 New Yorkers have been murdered so far in 2021 – an increase of almost 5% from the same period last year.
Grand larceny auto is up more than 24%, according to the NYPD.
Earlier this week, the NYPD reported some good news. The number of murders and shootings in the city fell in June compared to the same period last year.
There were 33 murders in June – a drop of 23.3% from the 43 murders in June 2020, according to police.
Last month there were a total of 165 shootings, a decrease of 19.5% from the same period last year, which saw 205 shootings.
The NYPD said it made 361 gun-related arrests in June, a 99.4% increase from the same period a year ago.
The department said the city’s overall crime index rose 3.1% from June 2020.
The increase is fueled by a 32.3% increase in grand theft, a 31.2% increase in auto theft and a 16% increase in thefts.
The department said there was a 49.6% decrease in burglaries in June from the previous year.