Victims Don’t Need to Die Waiting for Help to Arrive

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured.

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured

By: Rebecca Petit – ABC Action News-Tampa Bay May 19, 2022

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — On the heels of yet another mass shooting, this time in Buffalo, N.Y., there’s a nationwide push to teach people how to “Stop the Bleed.”

Training courses took place all day Thursday as part of National Stop the Bleed Day.

You don’t have to be an EMT or a medical professional to save someone’s life who is bleeding severely. The “Stop the Bleed” course teaches how to recognize a life-threatening bleed and intervene effectively.

“A lot of craziness is going on in the world and I just like to be prepared for my family and friends,” Aaron Travers said.

After many shootings and crashes witnesses are on the scene before first responders get there. A bystander may be the one who’s most likely to save a bleeding victims their life.

Travers drove from Osceola County to Polk County to take the lifesaving course.

“Everybody should know because the more people that do know the less opportunity for loss of life,” he said.

Robert Dummett hosts these free “Stop the Bleed” training classes. He’s the chief training officer and executive director at In-Gauge of Polk County, a non-profit organization focused on firearms safety.

“An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes,” Dummett said.

Data shows the average emergency response time for the arrival of EMS personnel to an emergency scene is seven minutes.

Dummett said learning simple techniques can improve a bleeding victims’ chances of survival.

“Packing the wound and direct pressure on the wound and if that’s not sufficient to stop the blood loss, then we want to apply a tourniquet,” Dummett said. “We’re going to tighten this until all blood flow stops. I equate it to turning off a faucet for a garden hose.”

The goal is to get more people trained in the “Stop the Bleed” program, similar to the popularity of CPR training.

“The American college of surgeons created this stop the bleed course in the wake of the sandy hook tragedy years ago,” Lakeland Regional Health trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Gaugler said. “However, it’s not just these national tragedies that make the news where people have the opportunities to save lives.”

Dr. Gaugler said Lakeland Regional Health has trained 506 people this year using “Stop the Bleed” kits. He said there’s also a federal push to make the kits more widely available.

“If you walk through any public building, an airport, a post office, a shopping mall, you’ll see along the walls there are signs for AED’s which are a life saving device used for cardiac arrest and CPR,” Gaugler said. “I think the perfect location for a bleeding control kit would be in the location of any of those devices.”

Empowering everyday people to provide life-saving care, until emergency personnel arrives.

You can order a your own “Stop the Bleed” kit online. Stop the Bleed Month is held each May. To find more information, including where to find a ‘Stop the Bleed’ course near you, click here.

Trauma Kit Donated to Saddle Creek Gun Range

In recognition of National STOP THE BLEED Month

Bartow, Fla. (May 16, 2022) — If an unfortunate accident happens at the Saddle Creek Gun Range, Polk County’s Parks and Recreation staff will be ready thanks to the donation of a trauma kit from In-Gauge of Polk County.

In a small ceremony Monday, Polk County Commissioners Bill Braswell and Rick Wilson accepted the donation from the local group. The kit includes bandages and supplies to treat gunshot wounds until more advanced medical help arrives.

“I’d like to think in the back of my mind it’s never going to be used but it’s a great thing to have if you do need it,” Braswell said during the ceremony.

The donation from In-Gauge is in recognition of National Stop-the-Bleed Month. National Stop-the-Bleed Month aims to educate the public on the basic skills needed to control bleeding from accidents to save lives.

Robert Dummett, instructor with In-Gauge, says, “An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes.” Dummett says anybody can use the techniques and supplies in this trauma kit to help stop bleeding and possibly save someone’s life.

For more information about Stop-the-Bleed Month visit

Saddle Creek Gun Range is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information about Polk County Parks & Recreation’s gun range, call Daniel Gornoski at (863) 499-2613, or visit

Florida Teens Arrested In Shooting Death of Buddy Wearing Body Armor

What were they thinking?

Belleview teens were shooting each other while wearing armored vest when boy killed

Apr 8, 2022 : WESH 2 – Kelsi Thorud

Two teenagers have been arrested after a 16-year-old was shot and killed in Belleview Sunday.

According to police, the shooting happened inside a mobile home in the Gateway Homes of Belleview mobile home park along SE 52ND Court around 7 p.m. They found the victim, 16-year-old Christopher Leroy Broad Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Over the past few days, investigators have determined that another teen, 17, and Broad, were taking turns shooting at each other while wearing a body armor style vest.

“I saw a teenage boy come outside all hysterical screaming,” said Joe Vanhouten.

Vanhouten is an Army veteran who lives next door. He saw the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

“I was always taught from a young age you never play with guns,” he said.

According to arrest affidavits, three teenage friends, including Broad, lived at the home with one of their fathers. On the day of the shooting, they had a couple more friends over to hang out.

The lead detective discovered that one of the teens recorded Snapchat videos of the shooting. He said one of the videos first shows Broad shooting at one of the others who was wearing a “tan plate carrier style vest.” Another video shows how they took turns and Broad was shot at next five times by a 9 mm handgun.

“It seems weird to me that they would have a body armor vest. Why would you have one?” said Vanhouten.

According to the arrest affidavit, one of the teens told police they have shot at the vest before and no bullets went through it. The report also states the alleged shooter said one of his shots struck Broad in an area not covered by the vest. The medical examiner said he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

“A sad deal that teenage boys being I guess being teenagers, not realizing the possible consequences of what they were doing,” said Vanhouten.

Police now have the gun after serving a search warrant on the home. According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged shooter told police the gun belongs to his father who leaves it at home for protection.

“It’s just a sad story all the way around,” said Vanhouten.

Police say the 17-year-old who allegedly shot and killed Broad is now charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm.

Another teen, also 17, is charged with providing false information to law enforcement.

Police say that teen was interviewed as a witness to the shooting and misled officers about what took place by blaming the shooting on other people like the other friends at the home and telling the 911 dispatcher that the house was shot by unknown suspects.

WESH 2 is not identifying the teens until they have been formally charged as adults.

WESH 2 tried calling the alleged shooter’s family, but they are not accepting calls. They also did not comment when we visited the neighborhood.

Authorities want everyone to know that guns should never be used this way.

“I’m sure these kids never envisioned that a death was going to occur as a result of their behavior,” Dr. David Thomas, a forensics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, said.

Thomas said many people don’t understand armored vests.

“The biggest misnomer is that they’re bullet proof because they’re not. They’re ballistic vests and they’re rated on scales of what type of bullet they’ll stop,” Thomas said.

Thomas says even a police officer wearing the best vest wouldn’t want to get shot in it.

“That trauma is ungodly, what the body goes through,” Thomas said.

According to the police report in this case, the alleged shooter said one of his shots hit Christopher in an area not covered by the vest.

Thomas told WESH 2 News, sadly, he thinks a lot of teens don’t understand just how dangerous guns are.

“If you don’t know anything about the gun, if you don’t know anything about the equipment, just leave it alone. Stay safe and leave it alone because it’s not something to play with,” Thomas said.

May 2022 – National STOP THE BLEED Month

In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE official Stop The Bleed training clinics throughout the month of May.

Celebrating National STOP THE BLEED Month and National STOP THE BLEED Day, May 19th, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE, open to the public, Stop The Bleed training clinics May 19th.

How it works:

  • Simply complete the FREE Stop The Bleed online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Then schedule your FREE Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment session
  • Show up for your scheduled appointment Thursday, May 19th
  • Bring with you your completed Phase 1 printed quize results from your online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Complete the Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment and receive your official Stop The Bleed certificate of training.

Skills training and assessment clinic location . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County, 3812 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven, Florida

Training is appropriate for those 12 years of age and older. For complete training course information go to:

Additional information:

You are encouraged to schedule your skills taining and assessment appointment as soon as possible, as this is only a one day opportunity and appointment times are expected to book quickly.

You can take and complete the online, ‘Interactive Trainingat your convenience, any time prior to your scheduled skills training and assessment appointment.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 National Stop The Bleed training month.

Remington Arms Leaving New York, Moving To Georgia

Remington to Invest $100 Million in New Gun Factory

The Associated Press – Gun maker Remington Firearms will invest $100 million to move its headquarters from upstate New York to Georgia with plans to open a factory and research operation there. The company announced that it will hire 856 people over five years.

November 10, 2021 –

( – In 1816, 22-year-old Eliphalet Remington II founded Remington Arms Company in 1816 and quickly turned his products into a household name. By the middle of the 1800s, Remington was a major competitor in gun manufacturing, along with Samuel Colt and Daniel Wesson — all brands familiar to gun owners today. Remington played a vital role in the formation of the American West. Today, the company makes guns for sports, self-defense, and the military.

On Monday, November 8, Remington Arms announced that it was leaving its New York roots and relocating to more hospitable territory. The nation’s oldest gunmaker said it’s moving to LaGrange, Georgia, approximately 70 miles from Atlanta. The company is also opening a new factory and research operation, and plans to hire more than 850 people over the next five years.

Remington made some of America’s most popular guns, including the Beals Sporting Rifle sported by Annie Oakley, George Armstrong Custer’s Creedmoor Target Rifle, the No. 1 Rolling Block Rifle carried by Buffalo Bill, and many other rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

Over the last several years, numerous gun manufactures left their roots in the Northeast for more gun-friendly states in the South and West. Remington said it was excited to move to Georgia, a state that welcomes and supports its business model.


For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.


A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin …. Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!

Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.

(That’s more men under arms than in Iran .. More than France and Germany combined.)

These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, And NO ONE WAS KILLED.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the Hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It’s millions more.

The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower! Hunting… it’s not just a way to fill the freezer.

It’s a matter of national security.

That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought, when next we consider gun control. Overall it’s true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain… What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens???

For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.

County Commission Recognizes the National Rifle Association for 150 Years of Service

The Board of Polk County Commissioners Recognizes the National Rifle Association for 150 Years of Service

November 17th established as NRA Day in Polk County, Florida

Tuesday, September 7th, the Board of Polk County Commissioners, issued a proclamation recognizing the National Rifle Association for its 150 years of dedication to promoting firearms safety education.  The proclamation establishes November 17, 2021 NRA Day in Polk County.

The proclamation recognizes the National Rifle Association for 150 years of protecting Second Amendment freedom, teaching marksmanship and gun safety, and passing self-defense laws across the nation.

Since its founding on November 17, 1871, by two Union Civil War officers, the National Rifle Association has served firearm owners across the nation through training and other initiatives aimed at promoting firearm safety, the shooting sports and hunter education.

The proclamation was initiated by In-Gauge of Polk County, of Winter Haven, Florida, a non-profit organization chartered by the National Rifle Association.   The stated mission of In-Gauge of Polk County is to preserve and promote the shooting sports through firearms training and safety education.

In-Gauge has been carrying out its mission in Polk County since 2015 and has been celebrating the NRA’s 150th anniversary by conducting free firearm safety training classes, giving away free NRA memberships and free commemorative, 1 ounce silver, collector’s coins to class participants.

In 2017, In-Gauge of Polk County became a proud sponsor of the Polk Senior Games when it petitioned Polk Senior Games, Inc. to include a pistol competition as an event.  Although the Polk Senior Games conducted rifle, trap and skeet and archery competitions, it did not have a pistol competition.  In 2017, for the first time in its 25-year history, the Polk Senior Games conducted a pistol competition sponsored by In-Gauge of Polk County.  The pistol competition continues to be a regular event in the Polk Senior Games annual program.

In-Gauge will be conducting other public events commemorating the NRA’s 150th anniversary through the month of November.

AMMUNITION RECALL – Serious Risk of Firearm Damage and Personal Injury

Always be alert for the occurrence of a squib load and the possibility of a barrel obstruction.

If you do not know what a SQUIB LOAD is and how to recognize it, it is strongly suggested you learn ASAP.

Technically defined, a squib load is an underpowered charge. That underpowered charge could result in a barrel obstruction.

A squib load is most notably recognized by an odd sound. While shooting, should you hear an odd sound, a sound different from the big bang, kaboom or crack, you normally hear or only heard when firing that last volley of shoots, CEASE FIRE immediately, following safe gun handling practices, inspect the gun for a barrel obstruction.

Firing another round, following a squib load, that resulted in a barrel obstruction, could result in the firearm blowing up in your hand and you loosing parts of your hand as a result.

Number 1 . . .

Number 2 . . .

The recalls above are the most recent (June 21, 2021) of two known ones. At the pace manufactures are turning out ammunition, in an attempt to catch up with backorders, quality control has diminished. Always be alert for the occurrence of a squib load and the possibility of a barrel obstruction. It can happen with any ammunition domestic or imported. Be vigilant, be alert, be safe.

You took a concealed carry class. Now, are you qualified?

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

What qualifies you to carry a deadly weapon in public?

With having a concealed carry weapons license also comes responsibility. Being qualified to carry a deadly weapon in public involves more than just having a card in your wallet.

There is a reason we train more Florida concealed carry license holders than any other entity in Polk County and most likely more than all others combined.

Will Rogers once said: “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.”

We have students travel from, as far away as, Naples and Fort Lauderdale to the south and Pensacola and Jacksonville to the north. And, from out-of-state, Texas and Georgia. There is a reason why.

Others may conduct “concealed carry” classes, but we train you to use a firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. All our firearm training classes qualify the participant for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.




















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After You’ve Taken A Concealed Carry Class, Then What?

Completing a concealed carry class is not the end of your training. It is the beginning.

So, you have finally gotten into that concealed carry class that you have been waiting for only to discover it did not teach you how to use a handgun.

It should be understood that ‘concealed carry classes‘ do NOT teach handgun use, handling or firing. For the most part, they only teach the State laws pertaining to the carrying of a firearm and other weapons and where you can and cannot carry a weapon in the state of Florida.

Contact us for complete firearms training:

  • Concealed carry: Basic & Advanced
  • Pistol: Basic & Advanced
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • Home Defense
  • Active Shooter
  • Church Guardian

For complete class information, dates and times, and to register for this class, go to: Register For A Class

The cost of our 5-hour, handgun training / concealed carry qualification class that includes one hour of instructor led, live-fire range training that trains you to safely handle and fire a handgun:

$60You provide your own handgun and ammunition
$90We provide a defensive caliber handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition

The cost of our basic, minimum standards 3-hour, concealed carry class: $35 All materials included. There are no hidden costs. Completion of this class qualifies the participant for applying for a Florida concealed carry license. (No firearm training included in this class.)














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