Elkhart officer recognized for saving motorcyclist's life

Elkhart Police officer Casey Ianigro was recognized on Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend for saving the life of a motorcyclist in May. Next to him are Chief of Police Chris Snyder, left, Assistant Chief Todd Thayer and medical director of trauma services at Memorial Hospital Dr. Scott Thomas.

ELKHART — An Elkhart Police officer was called to Memorial Hospital in South Bend Tuesday morning to be recognized for his efforts that may have saved the life of a motorcyclist in May.

At 7:50 p.m. on May 29, officers were sent to an incident at Middlebury and Madison streets, where a motorcycle and another vehicle had been involved in a crash.

When Officer Casey Ianigro arrived, he observed that the motorcyclist had a fractured leg causing extensive bleeding. Ianigro stopped the bleeding using his tourniquet before paramedics arrived and transported the motorcyclist to Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

On Tuesday morning, medical director of trauma services at Memorial Hospital Dr. Scott Thomas recognized Ianigro for his reaction, explaining that Ianigro’s training and quick actions saved the life of the motorcyclist. 

“The men and women are out there doing not only law enforcement things but also sometimes also things that come up, so it was nice that Memorial Hospital invited us over and really did a nice job recognizing him,” Chief of Police Chris Snyder told the Board of Public Safety on Tuesday .

He said the department began issuing tourniquets to all officers about 1.5 years ago. 

After hearing about Ianigro’s actions, Board of Public Safety Chairman Robert Woods said that the board would compose a letter to Ianigro congratulating him for his efforts.

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