A policeman saves a man from a near-fatal wound

The angry police corporal. Levi Creek with his wife, Stephanie by his side, holds the Life Saving Valor Award presented to him by the Angier Board of Commissioners. Photo added

By Robert Jordan
Dunn’s daily record

ANGIER – A restaurant employee in Angier owes his life to the quick reaction of an Angier policeman.

Martin Becerra from Raleigh is an employee of Tortilleria Y Taqueria Leon, a Mexican restaurant on Logan Court in Angier. After the restaurant closed on March 3, Becerra and other employees at the establishment were mixing the ingredients for the next day’s tortillas. He was using a large commercial blender when his arm accidentally became entangled in the mixing bowl.

He severed an artery in his arm. Colleagues were able to stop the mixer and help Becerra remove his arm from the machine. There was a large amount of bleeding. Those accompanying the victim attempted to control his bleeding by wrapping the wound with a shirt and other items.

Harnett County 9-1-1 was called. The paramedic assigned to Angier was on a previous call and out of district at the hospital. The next closest paramedic was the one posted in the Coats-Grove district. This unit was dispatched to the traumatic wound at the Angier restaurant.

Due to the extended travel time from Coats to Angier, police officers on duty in Angier were dispatched to provide initial assistance to Becerra until EMS could arrive.

Corporal of the Angier Police Department. Levi Creek arrived on the scene and began assessing the patient’s needs.

“When I walked into the business, I immediately saw the amount of blood already on the floor. Those caring for Mr Becerra had done their best to help control the bleeding, but he was still losing a lot of blood,” Creek said.

The corporal went on to explain that he immediately used his training for emergencies. Creek said he quickly realized that the amount of blood coming from the wound appeared to be a severed artery. Creek then applied a tourniquet to Becerra’s arm to stem the blood loss. These efforts have been successful. Creek stayed with the injured man until EMS arrived.

Police Lieutenant Angier David Adams told the Daily Record: “We then received a message from medical staff that if Creek had not acted as quickly as he did, the man would probably have lost his life.”

At the April 5 meeting of the Angier Board of Commissioners, the mayor presented Creek with a Life Saving Valor award for his actions on the night of March 3.

“Really, it was just another day at work for me,” Creek said. “I didn’t think anything of it. Any of the guys and girls I work with would have done the same.

Creek’s peers at work think differently. Becerra has this law enforcement professional to thank for stepping up and saving his life.

Mr. Becerra was unavailable for comment at press time.

“I’m not one to (go for) public recognition,” Creek explained. “I want people to understand that when the police show up, we want the best outcome. We handle many situations on each shift that end well.

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