New York, NY – Top New York Police Department (NYPD) officials called an officer “heroic” after he used a Lay’s potato chip bag to save the life of a man who had been stabbed (video below).
The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on July 7 in the 200-block of Lenox Avenue in Harlem, The Washington Post reported.
NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison released bodycam video that showed NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responding to a call for a stabbing on the sidewalk.
Bodycam video showed Officer Kennedy jumped out of his patrol vehicle and raced up to the sidewalk to where the victim was slumped in a folding chair, The Washington Post reported.
The video showed the officer immediately took control of the situation and, after a brief look at the man bleeding from the chest, told a bystander to go into the convenience store across the sidewalk and get a bag of potato chips.
“He caught me in my lung,” the victim told the officer.
“I know, I know, just relax,” the officer told the wounded man in the video.
A few seconds later, a man returned with a bag of potato chips that he handed to the officer, the bodycam showed.
Officer Kennedy took the chips and ordered the same man to go back into the bodega and get some tape.
Bodycam video showed he emptied the chip bag and then turned to two other bystanders and ordered them to help him lay the injured man down on the sidewalk.
Once the victim was on his back, Officer Kennedy removed the man’s shirt and used the empty potato chip bag to seal off the chest wound, the bodycam showed.
Then the officer used wide masking tape to seal the edges of the chip bag to the wounded man’s chest.
The video showed he worked on keeping the victim alive until EMS arrived on the scene.
“Stay with me, stay with me now,” Officer Kennedy told the wounded man in an effort to keep him awake.
When the ambulance arrived on the scene, the officer updated medics on what he had done so far, the video showed.
“It’s the best I could do with what I had,” the officer told them in the video.
Chief Harrison said the 28-year-old stabbing victim was transported to Harlem Hospital for treatment.
The chief said the attending physician at the hospital who treated the stabbing victim said that Officer Kennedy had saved the man’s life.
Police told The Washington Post that the victim remained hospitalized in critical condition.
The man’s alleged attacker – 38-year-old Eric Rodriguez – was arrested on July 11.
Police said Rodriguez was charged with attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the stabbing, The Washington Post reported.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Officer Kennedy’s sidewalk First Aid went “above & beyond” in a congratulatory tweet.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDChiefOfDept) July 16, 2021