Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was mortally wounded on Nov. 1 by a rampaging gunman at Los Angeles International Airport. The coroner’s autopsy report, below, found that 12 bullets ripped through the 39-year-old officer’s heart and other organs, and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has said no rescue effort could have saved him.
Still, Hernandez’s death added new urgency to overhauling the Los Angeles Fire Department’s response to shooting scenes with gunmen still on the loose. With the changes, the LAFD is joining the ranks of a growing number of fire agencies that are borrowing the battlefield tactics of military medics to improve the odds of saving victims.
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