Officers saved the life of a suicidal veteran who was about to end his life due to PTSD.
According to Plymouth Police, a woman called the station hysterical as she was on the phone with her boyfriend who was saying his last goodbyes. He informed her that he was in his vehicle and was going to kill himself.
Officers began looking for the boyfriend’s vehicle and located it in a parking lot in West Plymouth.
The man had taken a heavy-duty chain, wrapped it around a tree, and padlocked it. Sitting in his driver’s seat, he triple-wrapped, then secured the chain around his neck.
Officer Roth was the first to arrive and saw the vehicle inching forward. He was able to coax the man to stop.
Officer Torrance and Sgt. Reddington arrived. They quickly found out that the man was a USMC Veteran and was suffering from PTSD.
As Officer Torrance and Sgt. Reddington were talking to the man, Officer Whelan quickly pulled his cruiser in front of the vehicle to stop forward movement. He exited his cruiser, then pulled a second cruiser in front of the vehicle.
Sgt. Reddington, a USMC Veteran, and Officer Torrance, A Navy Veteran, were able to share stories with the man, forming a bond that only Veterans can.
Eventually, they were able to coax the man into putting the vehicle in park, giving up his keys, handing over a razor, and finally were allowed to take the chains from his neck.
A Plymouth Clinician was able to help with treatment options for this man.
Plymouth Police stated that they have seen PTSD hundreds of times with Veterans over the past couple of decades.
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