NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Metro Nashville police officer is being hailed a hero Tuesday after saving a teenager’s life.
Officer Matthew Cammarn was on patrol last Friday in east Nashville around 2 p.m. when a shooting happened on North Eighth Street.
According to witnesses, two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the apartment, didn’t make any demands and shot the teenager in the leg.
Fire personnel, who arrived later, said the bullet struck a major artery and the 17-year-old was losing a lot of blood.
“There was blood all over the place. There was blood on me. There was blood on his pants,” Officer Cammarn told News 2.
He said the teenager who was shot looked at him and said, “Please help! Please help!”
Cammarn, armed with an emergency trauma kit, quickly administered life-saving measures.
He said the bullet entered the young man’s upper thigh and went through the other side.
“So I put the quick clot bandage around, trying to get both holes,” he explained. “Got the tourniquet out around his thigh and cranked it down.”
In a letter of commendation, Captain John Narramore with the Nashville Fire Department said, “It was the opinion of all medical personnel involved that Officer Cammarn’s quick action and proper procedure was the only reason we had a patient rather a fatality.”
Cammarn said it felt great, but “that’s our job.”
“We are guardians. We’re not warriors going out there looking for trouble. We are guardians of the civilians,” he explained.
At last check, Metro police say the 17-year-old is still in critical condition but alive.
There have also not been any arrests in the case. Anyone with information should contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.