PINE BELT - A Columbia woman is bringing an idea to law enforcement to aid them in an emergency.
Lois Holmes from Columbia, through a non-profit called Project Triage, has set out to equip trauma plate packs to police and sheriff departments in the Pine Belt, including the Hattiesburg police department.
"I would like to cover Hattiesburg," Holmes said. "I would like to get all the kits all at one time. That way they can be trained in their usage at one time. I am honored to do this and I hope that the officers will never have to use it."
They need 128 kits including three for K-9 officers. The kits can be used to help stop bleeding while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive and could make a difference in saving a person's life.
"Generally speaking, when you have an officer-involved shooting, about two thirds of them actually die due to blood loss," HPD Lt. Jon Traxler said. "So that's why these triage kits are important. It has a tourniquet in it, it has all the bandages that has the medication that does the clotting and stuff like that to be able to save an officers life."
Dorothy Brown, who owns the Calico Antique in downtown Hattiesburg, said, "The police are there to protect us and they would give their lives for us and this is a small way that we could thank the police for being who they are and looking out for the public the way that they do. We are on a campaign to try to raise funds where we can provide every police officer in Hattiesbur with kits that may save members of the public or members of the police force."
Donations can be made locally at the Calico Antique Mall in downtown Hattiesburg, which is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or sent to Project Triage at 321 Raybourn Road, Columbia, MS, 39429.
This donation is tax deductible and the organization is a 501 C3.