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Officers Honored for Saving Man’s Life After Crash

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The actions of two Des Moines police officers received special recognition Monday at City Hall. Officers Michael DeMoss and Gretchen Rosendahl are credited for saving a man’s life after he was involved in a crash on his motorcycle.

Matthew Brooks’ motorcycle had collided with a car in the 200 block of Southeast 30th Street on March 17.

“I got out of my squad car. I grabbed my tourniquet based on what the updates were, and I ran up to the scene. I saw Mr. Brooks lying on the ground. He had obvious signs of injuries to his leg where he was having significant blood loss,” said DeMoss.

Brooks’ leg had been amputated.

“Luckily, we had just went through training at our yearly in-service where we went over tourniquets and how to apply them correctly.”

DeMoss simply said his training kicked in, but medics say if it weren’t for his actions, Brooks would have died at the scene of the crash.

“For him to recognize that, and to know that he needed a tourniquet, that was pretty awesome on his part,” said Brian Burke, senior fire medic with the Des Moines Fire Department. “Saved his life.”

“I just thought that was above and beyond duty, and what they did really made a huge impact on the outcome of that patient,” said Rick Jacobsen, Lieutenant of the Des Moines Fire Department.

Jacobsen nominated officers DeMoss and Rosendahl for the lifesaving award.

After spending weeks in the hospital and undergoing two operations, Brooks returned home Monday. He wasn't ready to do an interview just quite yet, but his parents said they have expressed their gratitude to the officers for the actions they took that saved their son's life.

Rosendahl will be recognized on a later date.

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