Teacher Suffers ‘Catastrophic’ Injury at Vinal Technical High School

Connecticut State Police said the teacher got his hand stuck in a wood planer at the carpentry shop.

The school resource officer at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown jumped into action when a teacher suffered what police are calling a “catastrophic” injury Tuesday.

Connecticut State Police said the teacher got his hand stuck in a wood planer at the carpentry shop.  Trooper Alejandro Bugatti used Stop the Bleed techniques, applying a tourniquet to the teacher’s arm, to stop the rapid bleeding.

The teacher, who was not identified, suffered a partial amputation from the planer and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Their condition was not immediately clear.

"This incident not only demonstrates the skills of all parties that aided in this ordeal, but also exemplifies the level of training provided to Troopers at the State Police Academy. Unfortunately, we aren’t always able to prevent catastrophe, but we can prepare and ensure that we are well trained and ready to manage even the worst situations," Connecticut State Police wrote in a media release.

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