Hogansville police corporal recognized for saving resident’s life

Published 9:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2021

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In December, Hogansville police Corporal James Vincent used his training in a dire situation to save the life of a resident who was bleeding profusely from their hand.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Vincent was honored for the life-saving measures he took that night.

“The Hogansville Police Department believes in the recognition of officers, their actions and their outstanding efforts to the community and their fellow officers,” said Interim Police Chief Jeff Sheppard.

“In keeping with this belief, the city of Hogansville and the Hogansville Police Department recognizes Corporal James Vincent for his outstanding efforts that occurred on Dec. 22, 2020.”

That night, Vincent was flagged down by a citizen while patrolling the streets.

“Cpl. Vincent recognized the injury as a possible severed artery,” Sheppard said. “Cpl. Vincent immediately retrieved his department-issued tourniquet and applied it to Mr. Powell’s hand, stopping the bleeding, while keeping a calming demeanor and controlling a hectic situation. Cpl. Vincent’s quick response, recognition of the severity of the medical emergency, immediate actions and effective first responder skills resulted directly in saving the life of Mr. Joel Powell.”

Powell said the hospital told him that if it wasn’t for the tourniquet and Vincent’s actions, he would not have made it.

Vincent received a life-saving award Tuesday night and was pinned with the official life saving bar by Sheppard.

Powell said this was not the first-time Vincent had helped his family out.

“One night at 3 a.m. he was beating on my window to tell me there was a fire in my backyard,” Powell said.

“My heating lamp had caught the chickens on fire. It if it had not been for him, my whole barn would have burnt down.”

Powell said the fire and his injury had happened within a matter of a week.

“We are very blessed to have you,” said City Councilwoman Mandy Neese.