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NYPD officer used bag of potato chips and duct tape to save life of stabbing victim

A quick-thinking New York City police officer used an empty bag of potato chips and duct tape to treat a stab wound suffered by a 29-year-old man in the Harlem section of Manhattan earlier this month, saving his life.

The New York Police Department on Friday released body cam footage of the July 7 incident.

NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue.

Body cam footage shows Kennedy arriving on the scene at 10:22 on the night of July 7, as indicated on the time stamp of the video.

The image above shows a New York City police officer using an empty bag of potato chips to treat a stab wound on July 7

NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue in the Harlem section of Manhattan on the night of July 7

NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue in the Harlem section of Manhattan on the night of July 7

The quick-thinking cop emptied a bag of potato chips and used duct tape to seal the wound

The quick-thinking cop emptied a bag of potato chips and used duct tape to seal the wound 

Kennedy is seen in the video getting out of the squad car asking a bystander to ‘go get me a bag of potato chips right now.’

He then approaches the victim, who tells Kennedy that ‘he caught me in my lung.’

‘I know, I know, just relax,’ the officer replies.

The video shows the young man’s torso bleeding profusely through a white tank top shirt.

A bystander is then seen handing Kennedy a bag of potato chips. The officer empties the bag of potato chips and then instructs the same bystander to run back inside a local store and get duct tape.

Kennedy's body cam footage shows him approaching the stab victim, a 29-year-old male, in Harlem on the night of July 7

Kennedy’s body cam footage shows him approaching the stab victim, a 29-year-old male, in Harlem on the night of July 7

Kennedy then asks two other bystanders to help him treat the victim.

‘Help me lay him down,’ the officer tells the two bystanders.

‘We got you, we got you,’ Kennedy is heard telling the victim as he tapes the empty bag of potato chips to his chest.

The officer is then heard telling the victim not to touch his torso.

As it appears that the victim begins to lose consciousness, Kennedy tells him: ‘Stay with me. Stay with me.’

Another bystander is heard telling the victim: ‘Stay awake, alright?’

The video then shows other officers and first responders arriving to the scene to help Kennedy.

‘It’s the best I could do with what I had,’ Kennedy is heard telling his colleagues.

Another officer is then seen removing the bag of potato chips and applying another adhesive to the victim’s chest.

Kennedy then asks others for help in getting the victim onto a stretcher so that he could be loaded into an ambulance.

‘Keep breathing, keep breathing, boss,’ the officer tells the victim.

First responders arrived afterward and placed the victim into an ambulance

First responders arrived afterward and placed the victim into an ambulance

The attending physician at Harlem Hospital told the NYPD that Kennedy's actions likely saved the man's life

The attending physician at Harlem Hospital told the NYPD that Kennedy’s actions likely saved the man’s life

The NYPD says that the attending physician at Harlem Hospital credited Kennedy with saving the man’s life.

‘This is just one example of the heroic work that your NYPD officers do every day,’ NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison tweeted on Friday.

The city has experienced a resurgence in crime in recent months.

According to the NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal which tracks crime figures, 225 New Yorkers have been murdered so far in 2021 – a nearly 5 percent increase from the same period last year.

Of those 225 murders in New York City this year, 69 of them were in the Bronx – making up a whopping 31 percent of all murders in the Big Apple. 

There were 49 murders in the borough last year, making up only 22 percent of all murders across the city by July 11, 2020.

The number of shooting victims in the Bronx specifically has jumped 64.8 percent year-over-year, from 193 shooting incidents in 2020 to 318 in 2021. 

That means about 42 percent of all shooting victims in New York City came from the Bronx this year. 

There has also been an uptick in the number of rapes and felony assaults in New York City so far this year, the latest CompStat 2.0 figures show.

The NYPD also says there has been a 22.2 percent increase in the number of shooting victims as well as a 29 percent increase in the number of shooting incidents across the five boroughs this year.

The city has experienced a resurgence in crime in recent months. According to the NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal which tracks crime figures, 225 New Yorkers have been murdered so far in 2021 - a nearly 5 percent increase from the same period last year

The city has experienced a resurgence in crime in recent months. According to the NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal which tracks crime figures, 225 New Yorkers have been murdered so far in 2021 – a nearly 5 percent increase from the same period last year

Grand larceny auto is up by more than 24 percent, according to the NYPD.

Earlier this week, the NYPD announced some good news. The number of murders and shooting incidents in the city declined in the month of June compared to the same period last year.

There were 33 murders in June – a 23.3 percent drop from the 43 murders during June of 2020, according to the police.

Last month, there were a total of 165 shooting incidents – a 19.5 percent decrease compared to the same period last year, which saw 205 shooting incidents.

The NYPD said it made 361 gun-related arrests in June – a 99.4 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago.

The department said that the overall crime index in the city rose 3.1 percent compared to June 2020.

The increase is fueled by a 32.3 percent rise in grand larceny, a 31.2 percent increase in grand larceny auto, and a 16 percent increase in robberies.

The department said there has been a 49.6 percent decrease in burglaries in June compared to the previous year.  


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