On October 12, 2016, Chicago police officers David Watson and Paul Moreno responded to a call of “shots fired/person shot” on the 1100 block of North Lawler Avenue.
On scene, the officers were directed to an apartment building. As they reached the second floor, large pools of blood were visible on the landing and lead into a nearby apartment. Watson and Moreno entered the residence and found a young male victim who had been shot in the right leg. left leg, groin and buttocks. The gun shot wound to the right leg had severed the femoral artery and immediate action was necessary to save the victim’s life.
Without hesitation, the officers sprung into action. Watson, who had obtained combat first aid training in the U.S. Marine Corps, took a belt from a resident and quickly tied it around the victim’s wounded right leg. Another resident produced a stick that the officer used to tighten the tourniquet. Officer Moreno, who had been controlling the large crowd that had gathered in the apartment, came to Officer Watson’s aid and maintained tension on the tourniquet until medics arrived.
CFD Paramedics, ER Doctors and Trauma Surgeons at Mt. Sinai Hospital praised the response of the two officers and credited their quick thinking and actions in saving the victim’s life. The victim had lost approximately 4 liters of blood before the tourniquet was applied and probably would not have survived the ambulance ride to Mt. Sinai. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.
P.O. David Watson, a nine year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, joined the Chicago Police Department in 2006 and has served the community of the 015th District (Austin) his entire police career. He is happily married and is the father of three amazing boys.
P.O. Paul Moreno followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Chicago Police Department in 2013. He has been assigned to Unit 213 Area North Deputy Chief and the 015th District. Officer Moreno is also happily married.