WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announced they recent received a donation of 60 trauma kits, enough to equip each WCSO deputy.
The donation from the Foothills Community Alliance (FCA) of Columbia Valley is said to be in response to the February 10th incident that resulted in 2 deputies being shot and 1 man arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted homicide.
The donation of 60 trauma kits includes tourniquets, shears, gloves and bandages in compact kits that are easy to carry and will serve to supplement medical supplies and first aid equipment deputies carry when a first-aid response requires.
FCA Executive Chair Lisa McOmber is quoted in the announcement as saying, “The FCA wants to stress our support for our local law enforcement and our desire to assist them in saving lives and having easy access to the important tools they need to do their jobs.”
WCSO Sheriff Bill Elfo is quoted in the announcement as saying, “Law enforcement is encountering a marked increase in violent assaults against officers and community members. Deputies are often the first on the scene of these violent attacks. The Foothills Community Alliance’s generous donation of trauma kits will better equip deputies to quickly and effectively intervene in cases involving serious wounds and save lives. We are most appreciative of the support we receive from those we serve.”