A man is recovering after a bad motorcycle accident. He's alive thanks to the quick thinking of a Navy veteran and Cpl. Robert Sigler with the Cleburne Police Department.
Friday morning, Sigler's body camera was rolling as he responded to a motorcycle accident with a severely injured rider.
"They had to back the truck off, take the motorcycle off and then get him out,” said Sigler.
The motorcyclist, 38-year-old Dan Echols, was bleeding badly.
Sigler grabbed the tourniquet out of his patrol car and quickly began to wrap it around Echols’ leg.
The department bought tourniquet kits about a year ago for every officer to use.
Training came from one of their own –- Lt. Gary Moseley, a medic in the Navy Reserve. He used them in combat for three tours in Iraq and pushed for the department to make them standard issue.
"The things we use overseas in the desert, these lifesaving tools that every soldier, every Marine, every sailor has are these kits, pretty much identical to what we got for the police department, and so bringing that background with it, police officers on the street need that,” said Moseley.
Doctors later confirmed to Sigler that Echols would have died had he not applied the tourniquet.
"What can you not say?” said Alanna Alexander, Echols’ sister. “Thank the Lord, thank God, thank you that you were there.”
Alexander says her brother is improving. She says he and her family couldn't be more grateful.
Echols has to have a few more surgeries over time on his leg and hand, but for now, it looks like he'll be able to go home sometime Thursday.