Talk about a story that well illustrates how “doing it by the book” can save a life.
On. Feb. 22, within an hour or so before Officer Jason Robles II was due to end his evening shift at Westside, he was dispatched to a residence on Meadowglen.
A resident had called Dispatch to anxiously report that a male was out on the patio “bleeding heavily.”
It was around 9 p.m. “It was pretty crazy,” the graduate of Academy Class No. 2235 recalled. “I was about to go home at the end of the shift.”
But duty call and an HPD officer answered. Robles arrived, found the complainant bleeding profusely from his thigh.
In a matter of seconds, Robles acted. “What happened,” he asked the male as he reached for the tourniquet on his belt.
“I got shot,” he said, holding onto his thigh for dear life.
“I found a bullet hole in his upper right thigh,” Robles told the Badge & Gun. “I applied a tourniquet to his leg. I carry one all the time at work. I applied that to his leg to control the bleeding.”
This was a life-or-death situation where the wounded complainant “was bleeding out” and not expected to remain alive much longer. It can be successfully argued that Robles, a two-year officer and son of retired Sgt. Jason Robles Sr., went by the book and saved a life.
The book says carry a tourniquet just in case you need to stop heavy bleeding.
An HFD ambulance arrived, had difficulty getting through a gate but found that Officer Robles and his trusty tourniquet had effectively blocked the gushing blood flow. The paramedics rushed the complainant to the hospital, where he went down the recovery path.
The Houston Police Officers Union named Robles II the HPOU Patrol Officer of the Month for November. As is the routine during the coronavirus pandemic, Robles received this recognition and its benefits in private, presented by HPOU’s Ryan Moreland.
But the recognition doesn’t end there. The Department announced plans to present the second-generation HPD patrol officer with a Life-Saving Award.
The elder Robles served most of his 20-plus years on the Department in Homicide but retired out of Midwest Patrol about two years ago. “He’s hanging out with my mom. He really enjoys not working right now,” the second-generation Officer Robles said through a big smile.