NYPD officer saves stabbing victim’s life with a bag of chips and a roll of tape
An NYPD officer is receiving praise for not just saving a stabbing victim’s life, but for how they did it. When responding to a stabbing on July 7 in Harlem, the NYPD officer used an empty chip bag and packing tape to save a man’s life. When he responded to a report of a stabbing, he had to use what was at his disposal.
Body camera footage captured the tense moments.
While telling the 28-year-old victim to relax, Officer Ronald Kennedy told a bystander to get him a bag of chips. The bystander returned with a bag of Lay’s.
The officer quickly opened the bag, dumping the chips on the ground, and then placing it on the victim’s chest, where he had been stabbed. Kennedy then asked for some tape.
Two others help the officer lay the victim on the ground so Kennedy can secure the bag across the man’s chest.
“We got you. We got you,” Kennedy says. “Stay with me.”
Paramedics arrive and take over.
“I tried. It’s the best I could do with what I got.”
NBC News reported that the victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and had it not been for Officer Kennedy he would not have survived.
Several days later, a 38-year-old was arrested in connection with the stabbing, but he was later released.