Lieutenant Dan Stout: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.
GPD Lieutenant Dan Stout PM has been a pioneer and a tireless supporter of the law enforcement officer-Medical community with the Trauma kits and training he started in 2007.
About Dan Stout
Occupation: GPD Lieutenant and Paramedic
Years in Gainesville: 20+
Spouse: GPD Lieutenant Whitney Stout
Children: Son and daughter
Dan started this fairly simple, but life saving kit and training for GPD patrol level officers after becoming a paramedic himself. He realized that the first person to arrive at the side of an injured person often was an officer. Dan was also aware that the dangers of law enforcement itself lent to the need to train officers in self/buddy aid (the art of treating your own or closest officers injuries).
So off on the quest to fund and train officers in the art of applying life saving techniques began. He has now trained more than 900 officers from 9 Central Florida agencies and since 2007 the kits have been deployed on 36 instances and credited for 31 lives saved.
Dan\'s tireless efforts have benefited both law enforcement officers, and the community at large. I recall the recent comments from Gainesville resident, David Nelson, (saved by the swift actions of officers applying the trauma kit in 2008).
\" I am living proof of what officers can do if they have these kits and know how to use them\". Nelson was seriously wounded when a mentally unstable individual attacked him with a machete.
Hundreds of hours of his own time have been devoted to this program since 2007 when he took it upon himself to develop the program and he has even lectured internationally on the subject for the IACP.
Dan\'s work will continue in the future by training more Florida law enforcement agencies and continue to educate the public on the simplicity of the kit that overcomes complex injuries with life saving results.
Dan started this program from the ground up and then worked diligently to get his own agency, GPD, to buy into the training and need. He then applied military battlefield information gained and the concepts of TCCC to further bolster the information and success of the program. He was then armed with support from GPD to begin training other local agencies and now has trained more than 900 officers and continues to bring the training to more regional agencies not yet trained or funding the kits.
I feel Dan has really taken the message of law enforcement medicine to a whole new level and should be credited for the efforts that he has spent more than 6 years devoting for the well being of both the public and his fellow law enforcement officers. He is truly inspiring.
Nominated by John Slish MD