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NYPD officer uses bag of potato chips and duct tape to save stabbing victim

A New York police officer used an empty bag of potato chips and duct tape to treat a stab wound suffered by a 29-year-old man in the Harlem section of Manhattan earlier this month, saving his life.

The New York Police Department on Friday released body cam footage of the July 7 incident.

NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy responded to the scene.




Body cam footage shows Kennedy arriving on the scene at 10:22 on the night of July 7, as indicated on the time stamp of the video.

Kennedy is seen in the video getting out of the squad car asking a bystander to ‘go get me a bag of potato chips right now.’

He then approaches the victim, who tells Kennedy that ‘he caught me in my lung.’



‘I know, I know, just relax,’ the officer replies.

The video shows the young man’s torso bleeding profusely through a white tank top shirt.

A bystander is then seen handing Kennedy a bag of potato chips. The officer empties the bag of potato chips and then instructs the same bystander to run back inside a local store and get duct tape.

Kennedy then asks two other bystanders to help him treat the victim.

‘Help me lay him down,’ the officer tells the two bystanders.

‘We got you, we got you,’ Kennedy is heard telling the victim as he tapes the empty bag of potato chips to his chest.

The officer is then heard telling the victim not to touch his torso.

As it appears that the victim begins to lose consciousness, Kennedy tells him: ‘Stay with me. Stay with me.’




Another bystander is heard telling the victim: ‘Stay awake, alright?’

The video then shows other officers and first responders arriving to the scene to help Kennedy.

‘It’s the best I could do with what I had,’ Kennedy is heard telling his colleagues.

Another officer is then seen removing the bag of potato chips and applying another adhesive to the victim’s chest.

Kennedy then asks others for help in getting the victim onto a stretcher so that he could be loaded into an ambulance.



‘Keep breathing, keep breathing, boss,’ the officer tells the victim.

The NYPD says that the attending physician at Harlem Hospital credited Kennedy with saving the man’s life.

‘This is just one example of the heroic work that your NYPD officers do every day,’ NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison tweeted.

Watch the video here.