Blue Forever, Inc., a local non-profit located in Haughton, La., donated 16 QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office during Tuesday evening’s Bossier City Council meetings.
Kellie Abbott, a 2013 graduate of Haughton High School and senior at Mississippi State University, is the founder of Blue Forever, Inc. The mission of the non-profit is to increase the awareness for police officers’ safety and to raise funds for purchasing lifesaving QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits (BTK) for law enforcement officers throughout the United States.
“I’m working to raise awareness of my personal goal for every officer in the State of Louisiana and nationwide to be issued a QuikClot Belt Trauma Kit, which contains QuikClot Combat Gauze,” said Abbott. “These kits help to promote law enforcement safety and could prevent officer traumatic bleeding deaths.”
Her idea was born after her friend, Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty, was shot in the line of duty in October 2010.
“After his death, I felt it was important to make an impact on law enforcement safety,” said Abbott. “These kits help to slow down the bleeding.”
Abbott continues to raise money to purchase these life-saving kits for officers across the country.
“We really appreciate the kits that were donated to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “I am so thankful for Kellie Abbott and her determination to raise awareness of officer safety, and the desire to see every law enforcement officer in the country with one of these kits.”
The Bossier City Police Department and the Bossier City Marshal’s Office also received these kits.
To find more information about Blue Forever, Inc., or to donate, please visit www.blueforever.org or like them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blueforeverinc/info/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info