Conservation officer helps save life of Calhoun County man

Contact: Lt. Andrew Turner, 517-284-4720
Agency: Natural Resources

Feb. 10, 2020

A 25-year-old man from Burlington Township, in Calhoun County, is recovering in the hospital today after suffering from a self-inflicted knife wound to the arm that caused an arterial bleed.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jeff Goss was the first emergency responder to arrive at a residence on Case Drive at approximately 7:23 p.m. Sunday.

Just three minutes earlier, a 59-year-old Burlington Township man called 911 to request help for his son, who was bleeding from the injury. Goss was nearby on an investigation when he received the radio call from Calhoun County Dispatch.

When Conservation Officer Goss arrived, he found the father attempting to stop his son’s arm from bleeding, so Goss immediately applied a tourniquet to the victim. During this time, Burlington Township Fire Department personnel arrived and helped keep the victim alert. LifeCare Ambulance then arrived and transported the injured man to a local hospital. Michigan State Police also assisted at the residence.

“Conservation Officer Jeff Goss arrived on the scene in a short amount of time and provided lifesaving first aid,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Goss was leaving another law enforcement matter and quickly transitioned to this event and saved the life of a young man – I hope this man, or anyone feeling troubled, seeks help through available resources.”

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As fully commissioned state peace officers, Michigan conservation officers receive extensive training in natural resource protection and general law enforcement, and conduct lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Watch a video to learn more about conservation officer first-aid training.