BRICK - A New Jersey state trooper is credited with saving the life of a worker who was injured at a construction site along the Garden State Parkway.
Trooper Mike Kleissler was called to the site in Brick around 3 p.m. Wednesday. When he arrived, he found a worker was covered in blood and suffering from a potentially life-threatening injury.
"He was cutting concrete pipe for drainage and the diamond saw he was using kicked out of the pipe and reflected back to his body," Kleissler says.
The man had a gash in his chest that went all the way to the bone. The trooper ran to his car and grabbed a packet of Combat Gauze, a product developed for the military, that clots blood quickly and stops bleeding.
The action bought the victim time until an ambulance arrived.
The worker, identified as 31-year old Ryan Jenkins, is still recovering from injuries at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Jenkins says he is grateful for everything the trooper did to help him.
It's all in a day's work to Kleissler. "This guy has a family to go home to and you need to make sure to help that guy and aid him to get back to his family," he says.
Combat Gauze was just added to New Jersey State Police cars this year.