Skip to comments.Shot Marine used fingers to plug bullet holes
Posted on 12/30/2011 10:56:02 AM PST by SmithL
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Marine officer said Friday he reacted as he was trained to do by chasing two men who stole a gold necklace he thought they were buying, and then using his fingers to plug bullet holes in his body when one of them opened fire.
Lt. Col. Karl Trenker, a 29-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrated at a hospital news conference how he stuck his fingers on his left hand into two holes in his left chest and another finger from his right hand where a .22-caliber bullet entered his abdomen. His doctor said the move helped staunch the flow of blood.
"I'm a Marine and I'm not going to run from a fight," Trenker said. "You wouldn't want a Marine to run from a fight. Call me crazy, call me stupid. I got shot once and it just angered me more. I wanted to get this guy. I got shot twice, and I re-evaluated that decision. I decided I need to stay alive."
As for the use of his fingers, Trenker said, "I improvised."
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Shot by Holder’s People.
The young man is 12.
Stupid for not going armed.
Good for that Marine for knowing basic first aid but he must have the tiniest fingers in the world!
Adapt, improvise, overcome!
That reminds me, I need to put a box of tampons with my .45...
I will never forget the day my brother busted his head open when we were kids and my buddy bandaged him up with a kotex pad!
Then my Cuz ran carrying him to our house all bloodied up.
My Mom almost fainted!
I helped a kid out with a bad head gash at an accident once. He was in the back seat and I was lying on the trunk reaching through the rear window. Someone handed a bag of 3 new white cotton T shirts over my back. Great improvisation!
So long as they are fresh!
Head wounds bleed like wild
Probably it was the pressure involved as much as inserting fingers into the wounds that helped staunch the blood flow ...
maybe. I’m not a medical person.
Lets just say he was damned lucky.
The bullets didnt hit anything vital.
The 22 tends to roll around once inside it can do a lot of damage.
I was just funning around.
I nominate "I re-evaluated that decision" for Understatement of the Year. LOL.
I can only hope that, should I ever get shot, that it just pi$$es me off like that. Made me think of the Gunny Highway rant:
"Be advised. I'm mean, nasty and tired. I eat concertina wire and piss napalm and I can put a round in a flea's ass at 200 meters. So why don't you go hump somebody else's leg, mutt face, before I push yours in."
Associated Press is crap.
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