Law­men save gun­shot vic­tim from bleed­ing to death

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rose Quinn rquinn@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rquin­ndelco on Twit­ter

CH­ESTER » A city man is re­cov­er­ing from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds — thanks to four law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who ap­plied a pair of life-sav­ing tourni­quets to stop him from bleed­ing to death.

City Po­lice Chief James Nolan IV said city Po­lice De­tec­tive Capt. James Chubb, city pa­trol­men Wil­liam Carey and Ter­rance Taylor, and Ch­ester Housing Au­thor­ity Lt. John Fet­zer will be com­mended at the next city coun­cil meet­ing for their ac­tions on April 20 in sav­ing 35-year-old Michael Peace.

“The paramedics said if they hadn’t been there to do what they did, he would have bled to death,” Nolan said.

Chubb, down play­ing his role in any hero­ics, said Fri­day it was Fet­zer who pro­vided the tourni­quets and Carey and Taylor who eval­u­ated and ap­plied them, while he tried to keep the vic­tim calm.

It had been a busy night for city of­fi­cers. When the re­port for shots fired in the area of Third and Jef­frey streets came in at 7:23 p.m., Chubb was on his way back to po­lice head­quar­ters from the scene of a fa­tal shoot­ing on Clover Lane. Chubb got as far as about the 700 block of Booth Street when he switched gears and raced to the scene some 15 to 20 blocks away.

Taylor, who was on pa­trol when he heard the call, was first on the scene, with Chubb pulling up im­me­di­ately be­hind.

Chubb said the ini­tial call was quickly up­graded to a one-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in the area of Union and Jef­frey Streets. The call was up­graded again to in­clude a sub­ject shot.

At Jef­frey and Union, the of­fi­cers found a 2005 Pon­tiac Grand Prix on the side­walk.

“It jumped over the curb and landed on the side­walk in front of some­one’s house in the 2000 block of Union Street,” Chubb said.

There was no one in the car. Nor was there any­one in the street.

“Sud­denly,” Chubb said, “some­one came up and said, “Some­one is shot over there, point­ing to­ward Yar­nall Street, one block east of Jef­frey.”

De­scrib­ing the area, Chubb said Jef­frey and Yar­nall are di­vided by Union, which is an al­ley.

Chubb said he was close by his car and drove to Yar­nall, while Taylor ran to the lo­ca­tion. They ar­rived on Yar­nall Street at about the same time.

The of­fi­cers found Peace sit­ting in the door­way of a res­i­dence in the 300 block of Yar­nall.

Peace was con­scious and talk­ing. “I’m shot,” he told the of­fi­cers. Peace then said, “I’m hav­ing a hard time breath­ing.”

The of­fi­cers did a quick as­sess­ment. The vic­tim’s pants were soaked in blood, Chubb said.

At that point, the of­fi­cers had time only to es­tab­lish that Peace had been shot at least once. As they were fo­cus­ing on the vic­tim’s leg wound, Carey and Fet­zer ar­rived at the scene, Chubb said.

Chubb noted that as pa­trol of­fi­cers who are typ­i­cally the first re­spon­ders to a scene, Carey and Taylor deal with this type of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions fre­quently. As cap­tain of de­tec­tives, the 28-year veteran said, “This is rare for me.”

Carey, Chubb said, quickly de­ter­mined that they needed a tourni­quet for Peace’s leg. Fet­zer im­me­di­ately went to his ve­hi­cle and re­turned with at least two de­vices.

“Taylor ap­plied the tourni­quet,” Chubb said.

Chubb then mo­tioned to Carey that they needed to re­move Peace’s sweat­shirt to look for pos­si­ble ad­di­tional wounds.

“He was a wear­ing a white Tshirt un­der­neath. It was soaked in blood,” Chubb said.

But the of­fi­cers couldn’t tell where the blood was com­ing from, at first.

“We found a hole in his left arm,” Chubb said, adding that Taylor then ap­plied a sec­ond tourni­quet. Through­out the or­deal, Chubb said he was talk­ing to Peace, try­ing to keep him calm.

When the paramedics ar­rived, they found a third wound.

At the scene, Chubb said the of­fi­cers were fo­cused only on the vic­tim’s wounds, not the specifics re­gard­ing the shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

“Later at the hos­pi­tal, I knew we could re­sume the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing,” he said.

Two days later at Crozer-Ch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter, when de­tec­tives ar­rived to in­ter­view Peace about the shoot­ing, they told him that law en­force­ment of­fi­cers saved his life.

Peace said he re­mem­bered one of the of­fi­cers. He didn’t know him by name, but he de­scribed Taylor, ac­cord­ing to Chubb.

Peace has since been re­leased from the hos­pi­tal.

Chubb said Fri­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing was on­go­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Chubb, Peace was a pas­sen­ger in the car. He and his girl­friend, who was driving, had just left her mother’s and were on their way to the girl­friend’s house in the 300 block of Yar­nall Street.

The car was mov­ing when shots rang out. Peace and his girl­friend both bailed from the car, and ap­par­ently ran in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions but even­tu­ally met up on Yar­nall Street.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the wounded Peace was try­ing to make it to his girl­friend’s res­i­dence, but col­lapsed in the stranger’s door­way.

The girl­friend, who was un­in­jured, was taken by po­lice to the hos­pi­tal so she could be with her boyfriend.

Both Nolan and Chubb lauded the ef­forts of the pa­trol of­fi­cers, both for their abil­i­ties and the way they ex­e­cuted them.

“They did an ex­cel­lent job in ren­der­ing first aid and sav­ing his life,” Chubb said.

“This is an in­ci­dent that shows our of­fi­cers are about more than en­forc­ing laws,” Nolan said. “Our po­lice of­fi­cers in Ch­ester do a lot more that what is nor­mally spo­ken of … this is an ex­am­ple of the fine things I see our of­fi­cers do on a daily ba­sis.”

City De­tec­tive Joseph McFate is lead­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact McFate at 610-447-8428 or jm­c­fa­tre234@chester­po­lice.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ch­ester life savers, from left: Ch­ester Housing Au­thor­ity Lt. Robert Fet­zer; Ch­ester Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Carey; Ch­ester Capt. James Chubb; and Ch­ester Of­fi­cer Ter­rance Taylor.

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