Claremore Police Officer receives life-saving commendation

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The City of Claremore is home to many incredible first responders who proudly serve our community, on and off the clock. One officer's quick actions and dedication were recognized on August 16, 2021 at the city council meeting with a special presentation.  

Chief Stan Brown awarded Officer Eli Vang with a life-saving commendation for his efforts rescuing an injured motorcyclist in May 2020. While driving to work, Officer Vang came across a car and motorcycle collision. After quickly assessing the situation, he was able to apply a tourniquet to the rider to prevent any further blood loss. This quick maneuver is credited with saving the man's life.  

In addition to the award presentation, the injured motorcyclist, Chris Bennett, and his wife had an opportunity to share their story and publicly thank Officer Vang for his heroic efforts. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Chief Brown delayed the ceremony until city council resumed face-to-face meetings. 

 "Officer Vang, on behalf of myself, my wife, family, friends, and coworkers, thank you for your quick actions to save my life," Bennett said.  

Mrs. Bennett further commented that Officer Vang's presence at the scene of the accident is why her husband is still here today, stating that if he had left home a minute earlier, the story would not have had the same ending. 

Today, Officer Vang is an active instructor and promotor of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Program, which trains new police officers in these life-saving techniques. All City of Claremore police officers carry at least two tourniquets to ensure they can aid citizens in times of crisis. 

Our community is proud to have brave men and women, such as Officer Vang, who are highly trained and stand ready to protect and serve our citizens at a moment's notice, both on and off duty.