KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The use of a tourniquet by a Kalispell police officer may have saved the life of a 49-year-old man earlier this month outside of a local bar.

Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset says his officers began carrying tourniquets last fall after the department was awarded a grant through the Flathead Electric Cooperative's RoundUp for Safety program.

The program awards grants to organizations by allocating money that Flathead Electric service members contribute by rounding their monthly bills up to the next dollar.

Nasset tells the Flathead Beacon (http://bit.ly/1RfkLRY ) that the chance of survival is much greater if a tourniquet is properly applied immediately rather than waiting for medical personnel to arrive.

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