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Erie county deputy saves motorcycle crash victim's life

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 18:38:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Deputy Sheriff's Officer Chris Imhof was on his way home on Route 5 near Tift Street after his shift on Monday, when came across an emergency.

"I saw somebody waving, and then I saw an overturned motorcycle. Then I saw the victim crawling around the road," he said.

The victim was Javier Luis of Lackawanna. Deputy Imhoff says he pulled over, jumped the median and started giving first aid.

Shortly after, a Lieutenant with Buffalo Police arrived, and asked for a belt from a bystander to use as a makeshift tourniquet.

Deputy Imhoff put that on Lius's leg and applied pressure. He said Lius's leg was broken in multiple places.

"Two very large lacerations that were bleeding pretty heavily," he said.

Deputy Imhoff seemed to be in the right place at the right time - and given he used to be a combat medic, he was the right person for the job.

"All the training came back. I mean I've been out of the army for five years but I was a combat medic when I was in. And it's crazy just how the training came right back in and I just went to work," he said

According to Luis's friend, he spent 4 hours in surgery on Monday at ECMC. He now recovering and is expected to be okay.