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New York police officer saves man's life by patching up chest wound with potato chips bag and tape

Written by on July 17, 2021

An NYPD officer saved a man’s life by patching up a gaping stab wound with a potato chip bag and tape.

On July 7, Officer Rodney Kennedy was called to the scene in Harlem on a report of a stabbing

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Upon arriving, a man who was hunched over on the sidewalk told him that the suspect caught “me in my lung.” Officer Kennedy immediately directed one man to get a bag of chips and tape from a nearby bodega, and for two other men to help him lay the man on his back. 

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Officer Kennedy quickly emptied the bag and taped it over the man’s wound to try to prevent his chest cavity from filling with air. 

“It’s the best I could do with what I had,” he told paramedics as they changed the potato chip bag out for something with a better seal. 

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The attending physician at Harlem Hospital said Officer Kennedy’s actions saved the victim’s life, according to the NYPD. 

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