Quick-Thinking Springfield Police Officers Successfully Save Suicidal Man
Springfield, Mass. — On Monday April 25th at approximately 11:15 a.m. Springfield Police Officers responded to the 800 block of Boston Road for a report of a suicidal man.
When Officers arrived the adult male was in a tree with a belt around his neck. Officers attempted to talk him down but when the man saw additional emergency vehicles he let go of a branch and was actively attempting to hang himself.
Quick-thinking officers moved a police cruiser under the tree and jumped on top of the cruiser. Arriving Springfield firefighters and AMR paramedics joined them as they pushed the man’s legs up to relieve tension.
Officers then boosted a fellow officer up next to the male and the officer was able to cut the belt with a seat belt cutter. Officers successfully lowered the man down to the cruiser and then onto an awaiting stretcher.
“This was a great effort by all our officers involved. It was quick-thinking to get the cruiser underneath the tree in a very time sensitive situation. I’m proud of our officers who helped save this man’s life today,” said Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Simply put, the quick actions and response from the officers on the scene saved this man’s life. I want to thank our brave and dedicated men and women of our Springfield Police and Fire Departments and the responding paramedics for their life saving actions. Day in and day out our public safety officials protect and serve our community. Police Superintendent Clapprood and I are hopeful that this individual can get the help he needs. God Bless our Springfield Police Officers and Firefighters.”
After he was saved, the male was transported to Baystate for an evaluation.