Updated: 11/01/2013 8:53 AM KSTP.com By: Tom Durian
The first responders that helped save the life of 9 year old Marshawn Farr-Robinson this summer, were honored at a ceremony at Regions Hospital on Thursday.
Officer Marshall Titus and his partner were the first on scene when the young boy was run over by a slow moving train in St. Paul last August. Farr-Robinson had been playing on the train and tracks when he slipped and both of his feet were severed.
Officer Titus had just gone through training involving turniquets handed out to him and other first responders in the city of St. Paul by Regions Hospital. When he arrived on scene his training kicked in. He keeps a tourniquet strapped to his leg while on duty, calling it "the number one life saving tool." He immediately used it to stop the bleeding in one of the young boy's legs before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.
Doctors at Regions say without the tourniquet, Farr-Robinson may have died from blood loss.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe which operates the railway where the child was hurt says they are currently working with other parties including the City of St. Paul to see if changes need to be made to the area.
Options like a pedestrian bridge and fences in the area are all on the table. Their best advice is to stay away from the dangerous tracks.