CAYCE, S.C. — Law enforcement agencies across the Midlands received K-9 medical kits from a nonprofit organization.

Kim Paparella, Master Public Safety Officer at the Cayce Department of Public Safety, has been working there for the last four years.

"Rob Presley, he's over a non-profit called Kilo-9, and he came down (Tuesday) and taught a class to some of the K-9 officers in the Midlands area. It was hands-on first-aid, K-9 unit type things," said Paparella.

The nonprofit donated 15 medical kits to multiple agencies in the area, including the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, the Lexington Police Department, the Columbia Police Department, and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

"It has tourniquet, gauze ... there's like a needle for decompression, thermometer ... stuff you might need out in the field," said Paparella.

One of the keys to the kit is being able to put it on an officer's vest.

"If you have a dog and you're tracking out in the woods and if something bad happens, you're not going to have enough time to get back to your car. You normally have about 90 seconds to either apply that tourniquet packet, put the pressure on the wound, things like that."

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Paparella said having the kits on hand is going to be a big game changer.

"It's important that our K-9s are taking care of. They're out there doing the same thing that we're doing. They're out there with us. They're just another officer and these medical supplies can help them and they can also help us."

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