ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Rotary Club is buying 100 easy-to-use tourniquets that will donated to the Roxbury school system for use in active shooter and other emergencies involving trauma.

The club voted recently to spend $1,000 on the effort, something that will bolster the school system’s fledgling “Stop the Bleed” program designed to help students and staff react to incidents, such as shootings, where people are bleeding.

The Rotary Club hopes the donation will start a movement in the township in which parents and other residents donate enough money to place tourniquets in every Roxbury classroom. Roxbury Rotary President Steve Alford said there are about 600 classrooms throughout the district.

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“Each school will get a set of them now and there will be new waves of trying to fund (this so) ultimately every classroom has a tourniquet,” he said. “We will get it started with $1,000.”

Noting that “parents take the safety of their children very seriously,” His idea is to have the names of those who donate money for tourniquets displayed on the case of each unit purchased. Alford said he would like to have tourniquet money donations go to the school through the Rotary Club.

For now, the tourniquets’ placement will be determined by the school principals, Alford said.

'Never Too Prepared'

The Rotary Club’s awareness of the school district’s desire to stock tourniquets is the result of a recent presentation it received from Roxbury High School Physical Education Lead Teacher Kevin Poggi, who is helping coordinate the Stop the Bleed program.

“The thought process was that just training students and staff in this was not enough,” Poggi said in an interview. “We’re going to be purchasing trauma kits, but not knowing where the kits are and not having enough of them is an issue.”

Poggi conceded some may contend stocking every classroom with a tourniquet “might be overkill,” but he countered “you can never be too prepared … The way we train is that the best scenario is to have two tourniquets” available."

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