GREENFIELD — A 31-year-old motorcyclist lost his arm but not his life, many say thanks to the quick action of Greenfield Police Officer Justin Triumph.
About 8:40 p.m. Friday, July 28, he arrived at a crash scene involving a car and a motorcycle at West Layton Avenue and South 68th Street.
The motorcyclist's right arm was nearly severed off and he was bleeding heavily, according to Greenfield police.
Officer Triumph applied a tourniquet to the man's arm to stop the bleeding. The next officer on scene assisted as Triumph then packed the wound with hemostatic gauze which aids in blood clotting.
"The quick action of Officer Triumph likely saved the life of the motorcycle driver," a news release from the police department says.
However, the Milwaukee man's arm had to be amputated at the hospital.
The passenger on the motorcycle was a 36-year-old Greenfield woman who suffered broken bones but was in stable condition after the crash.
The driver of the car was not injured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but speed of the motorcycle is believed to be a factor, police said.