A police officer has been praised as a hero after he saved a man’s life using an empty chip bag.
Commissioner Dermot Shea, police commissioner of the City of New York, shared shocking footage of the harrowing moment on Twitter on Saturday (local time).
On July 7, officer Ronald Kennedy with the New York Police Department’s 28th precinct was captured on his body cam rushing to help a man with stab wounds.
The victim is seen sitting on the side of a street with numerous other people around.
Kennedy immediately orders a bystander to run into a nearby shop and buy “a bag of potato chips right now”.
“He caught me in my lung,” the victim can be heard telling the officer, who orders him to relax and lay down on the ground.
When the man returns with the chips, Kennedy rips them open and dumps the contents on the ground before ordering the bystander to also retrieve a roll of tape.
The cop then tapes the chip bag to the victim’s chest and puts pressure on it to help stop the bleeding.
Other people can be heard urging the stabbed man to stay awake as paramedics rush to the scene and take over.
“It’s the best I could do with what I had,” Kennedy tells them.
Commissioner Shea’s Tweet said a physician who tended to the victim at Harlem Hospital credited Kennedy with saving the man’s life.
Hundreds of people praised the officer online.
“Officer Kennedy is a true hero! Awesome job and quick thinking,” one woman said.
“From a paramedic, awesome job not only being innovative, but using the crowd to help,” a man wrote.
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