NORWALK (CBSLA) — Postal carrier Fernando Garcia was on his route in Norwalk, when he heard a call for help.
When he got close to the source, he found a man on the ground.READ MORE: Demonstrators Gather In Westwood For 2nd Day In A Row, Bringing Attention To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
“When he turned around I saw that he was holding his left arm,” Garcia said. “And he was just covered in blood.”
The victim had accidentally cut his arm with a chainsaw Friday at the back to Juanita Cabral’s home. She said the victim is her brother.
So, Garcia jumped into action by creating a tourniquet with his belt until paramedics got there.
“Looped it through the hole, put it around his arm , tighten it as best as I could, and just wrapped it up,” he said. “And held it there as best as I could.”READ MORE: Mandatory Evacuations Remain As Investigators Continue Search For Suspected Arsonist
The LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station was so impressed with Garcia’s quick thinking that the Watch Commander sent out a tweet with a picture of him and the belt he used, which has been since been discarded because it had blood on it.
EVERY DAY HERO-A male accidently cut himself w/a chainsaw. Luckily Mail Carrier Mr. Garcia heard the family’s screams & sprung into action using his belt as a tourniquet 2 stop the bleeding on the man’s arm. Man has good prognosis due 2 Mr. Garcia’s actions. pic.twitter.com/mzO7AzY9No
— LASD Norwalk Station (@NorwalkLASD) October 9, 2020
“When I first heard that story, I said, ‘Hey that’s a great tweet,'” said Lt. Pauline Panis. “I think we should let everybody know that anyone can make a difference, from kids to adults, and it’s a good story. And it’s a heartwarming story.”
The victim’s family said he is okay. Garcia said he got the idea to use his belt from watching movies.MORE NEWS: Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Fatal Shooting In 1000 Block Of Imperial Highway
After his heroic act, he went to Target to get a new belt and shirt and continued his route — re-enforcing the meaning of “essential worker.”