CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – A training facility in Canton is helping medical professionals and law enforcement agencies save the lives of others and even themselves.
The training at this site helped a trooper save his own life after a shootout in Tishomingo County a few weeks ago.
It was one month ago that Mississippi Highway Patrol and SWAT troopers walked the halls of Global Training Institute.
That training that helped save the life of Trae Staples.
“Real life training can be translated to real life and affect lives in a meaning and powerful way. I think that experience that the SWAT team had is a great example of that,” Chris Powe said.
During a recent shootout in Tishomingo County, three troopers were injured.
Trooper Staples was shot in the leg. He used a tourniquet technique he learned at GTI to stop the bleeding.
“We made it realistic and we made it very repetitive. Obviously, in a heat of battle, he was wounded. He didn’t forget his training. He applied the tourniquet and saved his life,” Powe said.
“I talked to him yesterday, met his family. He would not have been there. He would not have been able to stand. He would not have been able to hug his wife and his family without the training that took place here,” Governor Phil Bryant said.
Governor Bryant visited GTI Friday, February 26 and watched air flight paramedics train in different scenarios.
The governor even got a first-hand experience from above ground.
GTI teaches everything from paramedic training – to active shooter situation for law enforcement officers.
“I would like to have all of our police officers in the state of Mississippi trained. This is the state of the art training facility that not available anywhere in the United States and it’s here in Canton, MS, ” Governor Bryant said.
GTI was started by Chris Powe and his father.
He tells me it’s amazing to see his dream business is making a difference in the world and saving lives.
Trooper Staples and his fellow troopers are still recovering at UMMC.
WJTV was told they are doing well and in high spirits but have a long road to full recovery through physical therapy.