In Chicago, Witnesses to Violence Turn to First Aid to Save Lives

On a chilly Saturday, 20 volunteers sat in a movie theater-turned-church located on Chicago’s South Side, taking detailed notes on how to properly tie a tourniquet, take a pulse and stop the bleeding from a serious injury as part of the inaugural Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course. The course is a first-of-its-kind for the city, which had 762 homicides last year, according to the Chicago Police Department. For the volunteers, the violence and shootings that have plagued the ...