On July 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Officer Sean Hayes, Star 7012, was off-duty traveling on Damen Avenue in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. At that time, P.O. Hayes and his son observed a man on a bicycle strike a car door that had suddenly opened in his lane. Upon striking the vehicle, the bicyclist’s neck was lacerated by the corner of the car door. P.O. Hayes then saw the man holding his hand to his neck with a look of panic on his face. The officer sprung into action and instructed the man to sit down and relax as he retrieved a pressure bandage (OLAES Modular Bandage). Hayes began to render first aid and calmed the victim as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
The paramedics arrived on scene and continued to tend to the victim. At this time, it was discovered that the injuries were substantially more significant than originally thought and CFD found the victim to have an exposed trachea and damage to the carotid artery. He was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was treated and released two days later. P.O. Hayes was able to apply the life saving skills he learned from the Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course and used first aid materials kept in his Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK).
P.O. Sean Hayes has almost 16-years with the Chicago Police Department. He has worked in the 016th District, 025th District, A/5 Gangs, Gang Intelligence and is currently assigned to the Education and Training Academy as a Firearms Instructor, Patrol Carbine Instructor and Carbine Armorer. P.O. Hayes grew up in South Florida and is the father of two boys, 12 and 6 years of age.