VIRGIL TOWNSHIP, Ill. (CBS) — A police officer from the Kane County town of Campton Hills is credited with saving the life of a motorcyclist whose leg was severed in a crash.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Officer Elliot Rose, 30, came upon the scene of the crash, on Route 64 near Fabris Road in Virgil Township, to find Steven Allen lying on the ground. A friend was trying to stop the bleeding from Allen’s leg using a bandanna, the Kane County Chronicle reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

The bottom portion of Allen’s leg was lying 20 feet away, and he was losing blood fast, the Chronicle reported.

Rose spent 12 years as a paramedic, but he didn’t have any medical equipment, so he improvised. He took a roll of gauze and wrapped it around Allen’s leg, then used a pen to twist the gauze tight to act as a tourniquet and stop the bleeding while they waited for an ambulance, the Kane County Chronicle reported.

Rose tells the newspaper that based on his injuries, Allen should have died. But he survived and is in serious condition, and Rose now says he wants to become an emergency room doctor, the Kane County Chronicle reported.

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