NYPD Officer Who Pushed ‘MacGyver’ A Bag Of Chips And Tape To Save Stabbing Victim Has Never Tried That Before

NYPD Officer Ronald Kennedy Talks About the Rescue With WABC

The NYPD cop — hailed a hero after he “MacGyver’d” a bag of chips and duct tape to save the life of a stabbing victim — said he’d never attempted an unorthodox move before.

On July 7, a man — later identified as Dylan Ubiles, 28 — was stabbed in the chest in south Harlem and tripped until he collapsed in front of a deli on Lenox Avenue.

Frightened onlookers detained NYPD officers in the area, including Officer Ronald Kennedy, who is doubling his draft as a volunteer firefighter with EMT training.

He can be heard on bodycam footage released late last week yelling at the Good Samaritan onlookers to grab chips and tape, which he has attached to the victim’s wound.

(left to right) NYPD officers David Galindez, Ronald Kennedy, and Matthew Grieve answer questions for a WABC interview about Kennedy's swift life-saving action and the teamwork between the three officers.

(left to right) NYPD officers David Galindez, Ronald Kennedy, and Matthew Grieve answer questions for a WABC interview about Kennedy’s swift life-saving action and the teamwork between the three officers.

Bystander Ricardo Gonzalez was the one who ran inside to get the bag of chips used to save the life of a stabbing victim

Bystander Ricardo Gonzalez was the one who ran inside to get the bag of chips used to save the life of a stabbing victim

The quick-thinking officer emptied a bag of chips and used duct tape to seal the wound

The quick-thinking officer emptied a bag of chips and used duct tape to seal the wound

Harlem Hospital's attending physician told the NYPD Kennedy's actions likely saved the man's life

Harlem Hospital’s attending physician told the NYPD Kennedy’s actions likely saved the man’s life

“We asked for a bag of chips and some masking tape, ’cause we knew right away we had to seal the box,” Officer Kennedy said at a news conference on Tuesday, according to the report. New York Post.

“There was a stab wound there… we didn’t want air to go in and cause his lung to collapse,” he said.

The size, square edges and material would allow air to pass through.

Agent David Galindez, who arrested alleged attacker Erick Rodriguez, 38, told The Post that he thought it was “crazy” to use a bag of chips, but only for a “split second.”

‘I know [Kennedy] has previous EMT experience and I knew that would work,” agent Matthew Grieve, Kennedy’s partner, told The New York Post.

“It took effect immediately,” Grieve said.

The NYPD said a doctor from Harlem Hospital attributed Kennedy to saving a man’s life.

Agent David Galindez, who arrested alleged attacker Erick Rodriguez, 38, told The Post that he thought it was

Agent David Galindez, who arrested alleged attacker Erick Rodriguez, 38, told The Post that he thought it was “crazy” to use a bag of chips, but only for a “split second.”

'I know [Kennedy] has previous EMT experience and I knew that would work,

‘I know [Kennedy] has previous EMT experience and I knew that would work,” Officer Matthew Grieve, Kennedy’s partner, told The New York Post

Ubiles was grateful for Kennedy’s quick thinking and heroic act.

“I spoke to him on the spot,” Ubiles said Daily news on Tuesday. “He’s actually the one who caught the (suspect). He got me to the hospital, he took care of me.’

In the video released by the NYPD, you can see Kennedy running out of the police car and saying to a bystander, “Go get me a bag of chips right now.”

He then approaches the victim, who tells Kennedy that “he grabbed me in my lung.”

You hear Kennedy reassuring Ubiles over and over and urging him to “stay awake.”

NYPD officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue in the Harlem section of Manhattan on the night of July 7

NYPD officer Ronald Kennedy responded to a report of a stabbing near 290 Lenox Avenue in the Harlem section of Manhattan on the night of July 7

The image above shows a New York City police officer using an empty bag of potato chips to treat a stab wound on July 7.

The image above shows a New York City police officer using an empty bag of potato chips to treat a stab wound on July 7.

The first responders then arrived and placed the victim in an ambulance

The first responders then arrived and placed the victim in an ambulance

“We’ve got you, we’ve got you,” Kennedy hears the victim say as he sticks the empty bag of chips to his chest.

If it appears that the victim is beginning to lose consciousness, Kennedy tells him, “Stay with me. Stay with me.’

Another bystander says to the victim, “Stay awake, okay?”

The video shows other officers and first responders arriving at the scene to help Kennedy.

“It’s the best I could do with what I had,” Kennedy is heard to tell his colleagues.

Dylan Ubiles, 28, stabbing victim rescued by NYPD officer Ronald Kennedy

Dylan Ubiles, 28, stabbing victim rescued by NYPD officer Ronald Kennedy

Kennedy then asks others for help to get the victim onto a stretcher so he can be loaded into an ambulance.

“Keep breathing, keep breathing, boss,” Agent Kennedy tells Ubiles.

Ubiles’ mother Stacey Cuevas told The Daily News that her son was a heroin addict trying to buy drugs in the park when he was attacked, the second time in the past year that Ubiles survived a stabbing.

Ubiles is a father of three children, ages 8, 5 and 2, the Daily News reported.

He told the New York City newspaper that this is a wake-up call for him.

“Look at me: shot, stabbed, cut,” he told the Daily News. “This is what happens when you live that lifestyle. This is not a lifestyle I want to live anymore. I want to get certain things out of certain places, just like Justin Bieber, you know what I mean? “Georgia peaches, California weed.” … But if you have a certain lifestyle, you get this.’

NYPD chief of department Rodney Harrison praised the work of Kennedy and the two other officers in a tweet on Friday.

“This is just one example of the heroic work your NYPD agents do every day.”

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