"Want to thank Glen Stilson (Independence Training). Took his IFAK course a couple years ago. Before that I carried half ass first aid kits and didn't really know how to use them. I don't train as much as I should but every time I go anywhere an IFAK is with me and I look through it occasionally and remind myself what's in it.
"Today while looking for a deer my grandpa shot up by the rim, my grandma decided to come out and help. My grandpa has Parkinson's and while still a good shot didn't quite nail this one. So we had been tracking blood for probably a quarter mile and lost the trail. My grandmother decided to walk back to the vehicle which was nearly a quarter mile away. After a while I hear screaming so I take off full sprint. Not a lot of air up there so I was gasping when I got to her but was very collected and everything came easy.
"She was holding her leg and her pants were soaked with blood. After she told me only her leg was injured I immediately went to work. Cut the pants leg off. Very large flesh wound about four inches long ripped down to the shin bone but not an artery. Fairly large amount of blood but I was quick on getting out the gauze and putting pressure while getting out a bandage to wrap it up. Bleeding stopped pretty quick and my grandfather finally got there and took off to take her to the ER.
"This was not life threatening but it could have been. Thanks to Glen's course there was no panic and no hesitation and I immediately knew what to do. I'm confident I'd be able to handle a much more serious situation if it was within my means and I am very thankful I was prepared with everything I needed in my kit. Always thought it was too big didn't need that much gauze, but I used all of it.
"I highly recommend taking one of Glen's classes and getting several good IFAKs because shit happens."
Well done, Victor! We have sent him replacement supplies and we're proud to have him as one of our students.
Stay Aware, Stay Safe, and Train Hard.