OR Training Officer Update

On Friday, May 8th I had the opportunity to see Robby Nashif for the first time since his crash. Robby is doing very well. Although not 100% “out of the woods“, Robby continues to improve dramatically
everyday. Robby had his second surgery to repair the broken bones in his left leg on Thursday. The orthopedist felt very good with Robby’s chance to have a full recovery. Robby suffered a full Femur break, and both a Tibia and Fibula break. His left leg artery was completely severed, and had it not been for the tourniquet applied on scene to Robby he would have certainly lost his leg – not to mention a high probability he would have succumbed to his injuries.

At this time Robby will have one more surgery this next week to inspect the repairs to his breaks, and to clean up the wound so as to help fight off the potential of infection. One of the amazing pieces to this is injury is that Robby’s knee was not damaged at all. What this means is he will most likely not need a cast when he is released from the hospital (hoping late next week), and his healing time should be quite a bit shorter if all goes well. Robby wanted me to relay he is grateful to all those who have reached out for support.

Two thoughts come to mind I would like to share with you. Robby is in very good physical condition. His trauma surgeon and orthopedist said his extremely good physically condition played a vital role in his ability to survive such a devastating injury with a fantastic outcome for a full recovery. As cops we often think about staying in good physical condition in preparation for the fights with “bad guys“, but
you should also consider as a motor cop staying in excellent physical shape for that time when you need to fight for your own life.

My second thought is the use of tourniquets. Recently at the Portland Police Bureau we have issued every officer a tourniquet to be carried on their person. In the last year we have at least 8 applications with officers and citizens, to include one officer who had been shot in both legs. The tourniquet applied to Robby flat out saved his life. In talking with CCSO Motor Deputy Jodi Westerman she described to me the amazing amount of blood Robby lost on scene. Officer Bill Balzer was at OHSU when Robby arrived by Life Flight and described to me upon taking the compression sleeve off Robby’s leg there was again a tremendous amount of blood which spilled out on the ER floor. These tourniquets save lives, to include the life which could be your own, or your partners.

Please consider getting a tourniquet and carrying it on your person. They’re pretty inexpensive and if anyone has an interest in the brand we carry I will certainly send you information if you want.

Looking forward to seeing all those who are attending NAMOA next week. The Kennewick conference committee has been working hard and will certainly put on a fantastic training conference for us all.

Continue to keep Robby, his family, and our brothers and sister with The CCSO Motor Unit in your thoughts.

Be well and Ride safe,
Bret Barnum
NAMOA -Oregon VP