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Bystanders Learn to "Stop the Bleed" at White Tiger Dojo; Makes $830 Donation to Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad

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Darren DeMarco of White Tiger Dojo handed a check in the donation amount of $830 to the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad from a "Bleed Out" class taught at the WTD studio.
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Darren DeMarco, owner of White Tiger Dojo in Berkeley Heights, offered a "Trauma Response: Stop the Bleed" program at his studio last month, free to the community. Donations were accepted and matched 25 percent by DeMarco. A check in the amount of $830 was presented to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad after the class. 

Last fall, DeMarco offered this class after the Las Vegas masacre, this second seminar follows the tragedy when 17 students and faculty were killed at a Parkland, Florida high school. DeMarco saw the need to educate people in how a bystander can respond to stop the bleed and possibly save a life. And secondly, he is passionate about helping the underfunded and undermanned first responders like our own BHVRS.

"The Berkeley Height Volunteer Rescue Squad is very appreciative for the donations and continued support it has received from Darren DeMarco the owner of White Tigar Dojo in Berkeley Heights," said Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad President Joe Savino. "Our volunteer agency relies 100 percent on donations to fulfill our mission to provide medical care and transportation to the community. White Tigar Dojo seminar 'Trauma Response: Stop the bleeding' was a very timely educational class that taught everyday people how to help others in a terrorist situation."

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"Each individual is their own first responder and in order to insure a family or friend's safety we need to insure our own safety first," said DeMarco. "​If we are to have a strong community, then we need to empower the individual. If I can encourage each person to invest some time into their own safety through my passion for self-defense and self-care, then I believe I'm making a positive impact on my community."

"Stop the Bleed" was launched in 2015 by the White House as an interagency effort mainly involving the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the Department of Homeland Security. ACS identified and structured a bleeding control outreach and training program to be taught to lay-responders using evidence-based techniques learned and proven by troops in combat over the last two decades. 

While 12 million bystanders are trained in CPR each year, they are not receiving training in life-threatening trauma care. The overarching goal of the "Stop the Bleed" program is to train bystanders to treat patients suffering from massive bleeds, whether it be from an active shooter event or other type of trauma such as a car accident, said Smith.

The participants received four hours of training in the use of "wound packing", hemostatic gauze, and tourniquets among other techniques and implements.

"I think the biggest thing is having knowledge," said DeMarco. "So if you are stuck -- god forbid, if it's family -- you are not running -- you have to do something." 

White Tiger Dojo studio is located at 99 Industrial Road in Berkeley Heights. Call 908.665.8983 for inquiries.

About the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad: As a volunteer organization, they never charge for a ride to the hospital or any medical supplies they use. The BHVRS is funded primarily through tax-deductible donations. All donations are used to purchase such items as supplies and equipment and to support the objectives of the Squad. 

The Squad always needs volunteers, both medical and auxiliary. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information, click here

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