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Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly (left) honors Officer Elizabeth Miller (right) during a Tiffin City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. (Screenshot via Tiffin City Government / Facebook)

Tiffin, Ohio — During a Tiffin City Council meeting Monday, Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly recognized Officer Elizabeth Miller with a departmental award for her lifesaving efforts during an incident last month.

On the evening of July 2, Officer Miller was dispatched to a residence for a 25-year-old female that had been attacked by a dog, and was bleeding heavily from one of her legs.

Upon arrival, Officer Miller observed the female victim being held up by multiple people in the backyard of the residence. The victim was not speaking and was showing signs of shock.

Officer Elizabeth Miller. (Photo Credit: Tiffin Police Department / Facebook)

“For those that don’t know what shock is, it’s a critical medical condition. It can be brought on by a sudden drop of blood flow in the body, as the organs aren’t getting enough oxygen and blood. Shock can occur from a number of things, but a significant amount of blood loss is one of the primary reasons,” Pauly explained.

Pauly said there was a towel covering the victim’s leg. When Officer Miller removed the towel, she observed two large wounds in the leg that were bleeding profusely.

Officer Miller quickly jumped into action, applying a tourniquet from her utility belt to the wounds in order to slow down and stop the blood loss.

“If not for the quick actions by Officer Miller, the wounded female likely would’ve died,” Pauly said.

Tiffin EMS assisted Officer Miller, and the victim was subsequently transported to Tiffin Mercy Hospital.

“Everyday, members of the Tiffin Police Department provide this community with great acts of heroism that go largely unseen and unheard. The humility of our Tiffin officers contributes to the community not fully understanding how incredibly lucky we are to have the men and women we do in the Tiffin Police Department,” said Pauly. “Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. That is not the community’s fault. Tiffin officers don’t brag, they don’t pat themselves on the back for their good deeds. If an act of heroism goes unseen, it’s often unheard or unnoticed by the public. One of my missions as chief was to make sure, as much as possible, that the Tiffin community hears about these acts of heroism by our officers.”

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