By Michael Henrich
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2014) -- After public fundraisers helped provide trauma kits to every officer in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indianapolis lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police will assemble kits Thursday for four of its neighboring police departments.
Volunteers are arriving at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. to assemble the more than 300 trauma kits. Paid for by the Indianapolis Police Foundation, every officer from the Lawrence, Cumberland, Speedway and Airport police departments is receiving the kit.
"These are other police departments that are obviously great partners of the IMPD and it's important to all of us that we have the same kind of equipment [and] the same training for that equipment," said Indianapolis FOP First Vice President Rick Snyder.
"So if, God forbid, a tragedy were to happen, all of our officers then are on the same page, they know where these kits are in each other's cars and can deploy those and help take care of one another in a medical situation."
Snyder told FOX59 the trauma kits, which have already been distributed to the more than 1,500 IMPD officers and members of Beech Grove police, are designed to attach to the post of the passenger seat headrest and include four items: a tourniquet, Olaes bandage, open airway device and trauma sheers.
"Not only are these saving lives, but they're also a major symbol of the challenges that our local community has faced over the past year with all the officers who have been injured shot in the line of duty and, unfortunately, killed in the line of duty," Snyder said.
"It's [also] a symbol of our community wrapping their arms around our law enforcement professionals, telling them that cops matter and that they want to help protect them and keep them safe at night."
Also on Thursday, Snyder said the FOP plans to announce a new effort to raise enough money to provide a trauma kit for every Indiana State Police trooper and Department of Natural Resources officer.
At about $100 a piece, the latest project would require between $150,000 and $200,000.