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Tourniquets have played a vital role in the battlefield. Recent attacks on civilians have police departments investing in them, too. Their success during the Boston Marathon bombing captured the attention of law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Video captured off-duty firefighter Matt Patterson grabbing a belt from a stranger and using it to make a tourniquet for Jane Richard, 7, who lost a leg in the blast.

“Without a doubt, tourniquets were a difference maker and saved lives,” said Dr. Joseph Blansfield, Boston Medical Center.

In Saginaw last month, a tourniquet proved vital again.

Arlington police officer Charles Lodatto was shot in the groin trying to serve a warrant for the murder of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher.

“They applied a tourniquet to his wound and frankly that probably saved his life,” said Dr. William Witham, of Texas Health Harris Methodist.

In Dallas, Senior Corporal Jason Chapman and Officer Omar Figueroa used a tourniquet designed by military officers to help a man hurt in a car crash.

Read more at dfw.cbslocal.com.

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