A tourniquet had been sitting in Chicago Police Officer David DeLeon’s vest since he finished police academy two years ago.
He was finally forced to use it — and to call on his training — earlier this week to help save a 15-year-old boy at the scene of a South Side shooting.
“The more you do it, it’ll help you stay calm,” a collected DeLeon said Thursday outside CPD headquarters. “I didn’t think of it. It just happened so fast.”