July 24, 2014

Medina
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Businessmen give Sheriff’s Office $3,200 for trauma kits

Three businessmen donated $3,200 to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office to purchase trauma kits for deputies. The money will enable the Sheriff’s Office to buy 30 kits, which gives deputies the tools to use first aid on anyone wounded while an ambulance is on the way.

“Let’s hope we don’t ever have to find out how valuable these kits are,” Sheriff Tom Miller said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin English on Monday explains to businessmen, from left, John Kim, Rick Strickland and Joe Lazor, how their $3,200 donation will be spent. On the table before him are pieces of trauma kits that will be purchased with the money and given to sheriff’s deputies. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

John Kim, Rick Strickland and Joe Lazor presented Miller with the check Monday afternoon.

The businessmen said they’re just doing their part to give back to the community.

“We want to take care of the people who take care of us,” said Strickland, of South of the Square Collision in Medina.

Kim, of Symphony Financial Services in Akron, said he donated to the Sheriff’s Office when Neil Hassinger was sheriff.

“So when Sheriff Miller came in, I went and asked what we could do to help out,” Kim said. “I hope they never have to use them, but they’re there if they need them.”

Lazor, of Lazor Insurance and Financial Services in Medina, said he’s proud to donate to the Sheriff’s Office.

“If we can save one life — or even if they don’t have to use them at all — it’s worth it,” Lazor said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin English said the trauma kits each will have a variety of tools to help first-responding sheriff’s deputies administer first aid to gunshot victims and other trauma.

The kits include shears to cut clothing, bandages, a tourniquet, combat gauze and tools to aid with breathing if a lung or airway is punctured, English said.

“By using these kits, we could prolong a life until the (ambulance) gets there,” he said. “We’re not doing this to make our officers into paramedics, but deputies are often the first people on scene.”

English said the Medina and Brunswick police departments already have kits like these in their cruisers.

“So Sheriff Miller thought it was important for each deputy to have trauma kits on hand, too,” he said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.