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Associated Press, Published April 11 2013

Off-duty paramedic springs to action when man saws own arms to bone in California Home Depot

LOS ANGELES — Fire Capt. Art Hurtado was making an off-duty visit to a home improvement store when he encountered a horrific sight — a man had deliberately cut his own arms to the bone with handsaws.

As others screamed, the veteran paramedic used materials from store shelves to stanch the bleeding.

“I kind of MacGyver-ed it,” Hurtado said Thursday, referring to the old TV drama about a secret agent who used whatever materials he could find to solve problems.

The incident occurred Wednesday inside a Home Depot store in West Covina, a suburb east of Los Angeles.

The victim of the self-mutilation remained hospitalized in critical condition as investigators tried to determine why he hurt himself.