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Georgia teenager praised for saving two colleagues, stabbed during robbery

“His actions more than examples of our commitment and dedication to public safety,” the police said the teenager.

(Cobb County Police Department)

A teenager in Georgia was praised by officials with the Cobb County Police Department for his quick thinking after two of his Target co-workers were allegedly stabbed at the weekend by a robber, police said.

Mario Alexander, 17″, was instrumental in saving a life in a local Target store,” the police department wrote in a statement on Facebook, which had more than 2,000 comments and 600 shares in the afternoon.

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On Sunday evening, Alexander noticed that two of his colleagues was “stabbed and cut by an escaped murderer and rushed to their assistance,” the police department said. An employee was “bleeding profusely” from a stab wound to his arm, while the other had suffered a neck wound.

With the help of the “materials available” — which included his work shirt-Alexander made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding on the first worker of the arm. He used gauze to press to his other fellow’s neck. Alexander stayed with the two workers as they waited for the authorities and medical personnel to come, according to the police.

Alexander is reportedly a “explorer corporal” with the Cobb County Police Explorer Program, which trains secondary school basic first aid knowledge and police work, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Corporal Alexander credits the training he has received as a Cobb County Police Explorer for him to prepare for this event,” the police department wrote, praising the 17-year-old for his quick response. “Between the training they receive with regard to police work in general, Explorers will also receive specific training in the use of turnstiles on wounds that could otherwise result in huge amounts of blood loss and possible death.”

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“His actions more than examples of our commitment and dedication to public safety, the police department added.

After the incident, a 27-year-old man was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of armed robbery, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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