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Family thanks CPD for saving their fathers life

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- Last week, a Midlands family got a call that turned their world upside down.

Willie Hudson was shot in the arm outside of the Walmart on Bush River Road after an attempted carjacking.

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The victim's daughter, Allison Lansing met one of the men she says helped save her father's life.

Officer Bryan Martin and another officer helped stop her father's bleeding until EMS arrived.

Due to the department's extensive training, Martin was well trained to respond to such a situation.

"We can't say thank you enough. That doesn't even begin to express our gratitude," said Lansing.

Because officers are issued medical kits as a part of their job, that kit was able to help save Hudson's life.

"The victim himself. He really kept himself cool during the whole entire incident. I think he controlled his breathing extremely well in order to slow the blood and did a great job."

Columbia Police was the first to be equipped with the kits a year ago.

The kit and Officer Martin has shown it's worth more than once as it was used in December 2016 to save the life of a fellow officer who was stabbed by an escaped inmate at the very same Walmart.

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"The training that we go through in a sense is very high speed. They put you under a tremendous amount of stress while you're doing it so that if anything did happen in the field you would be able to accurately move on it."

Taking it one step at a time, the Hudson family is thankful for Martin's quick response and the Columbia Police Department's extensive training.

Willie Hudson is expected to be out of the hospital in the next few days.

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