ADRIAN — An officer with the Adrian Police Department received a lifesaving award and a letter of commendation last week from Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth and the city.
In his letter, Langseth explained that Officer Ashley Kane was the first to arrive on the scene at a local residence, where a person had almost completely severed his hand from his arm.
Kane found a child witnessing the incident, gave him her flashlight and told him to go outside and flag down the ambulance, thereby removing him from the traumatic scene.
Next, she applied a tourniquet to the injured person's arm. Hospital staff later told Kane if she were just a minute or two later, the patient would have bled to death.
"Officer Kane's quick response, recognition of the severity of the medical emergency and immediate actions resulted directly in saving the life of the resident," Langseth wrote.
The patient not only survived, but had the hand re-attached.
"We all like to think we could perform if those situations come up," Langseth told The Globe, "but she actually proved she could."
Kane, who has been working for APD since September 2018, said she's thankful for the training that gave her the skills she needed in December's incident.
Originally from Round Lake, Kane worked for the Heron Lake Police Department for three years before coming to Adrian. She loves working in her local area and connecting with community members in many positive ways. They get to know her as a person, and not just as a badge.
"Instead of running from me, they come to me," Kane said, adding that sometimes people even go to her home to talk about their concerns.
Kane said she's happy to have received the lifesaving award, but emphasized that she was not the only person who contributed to the saving of a life. Everyone from the 9-1-1 dispatcher to the hospital staff worked together to ensure the patient's survival, she explained.
"All the wheels were working," Kane said.
Kane invites the public to get to know their local law enforcement, so they can be more comfortable in situations when police arrive.