During Tuesday night’s City Council meeting the Kingman Police Department and the Kingman Fire Department presented Kingman resident Ellen Baca and AZ DPS Trooper Leo Becenti Jr each with a “Life Saving Award”.
On October 30th at 10:30am, Kingman Police and Kingman Fire responded to a collision between a motorcycle and a SUV at the intersection of Main St. and Wickeiup Ave. The rider of the motorcycle received life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. Off-duty DPS Trooper Leo Becenti Jr and Ms. Ellen Baca heard the collision and immediately went to the aid of the injured rider. They summonsed the assistance of a neighbor to bring items to construct a makeshift tourniquet. Using a belt and a wooden paint stick, Trooper Becenti and Ms. Baca were able to stop the bleeding. Upon arrival of medical personnel the injured rider was transported to KRMC and later airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Initial assessment by medical personnel indicated that the loss of a leg and even his life was probable. On November 24th KPD Sergeant David Coffin spoke to the injured rider and learned that he is recovering from his injuries. According to family member the surgeons were able to save his life and leg due to the prompt actions of Ms. Baca and Trooper Becenti. Both are to be commended for their quick and selfless response to a person in distress.