Friday, August 24, 2007
Patrol officers save a life
Two Carlisle police officers started their regular night patrol of the library at 1:45 a.m. on the morning of August 4 but they ended up intervening in a suicide attempt, making an unexpected trip to the hospital, and saving a Somerville resident's life
Officer Royce Taylor and Inspector Scott Barnes were making a routine night-time building check at the Gleason Library when they noticed a 1997 Honda Civic parked on the footpath that runs between the library and Church Street. The car engine was running the windows were closed tight, and a white male was partially reclined in the driver's seat. Officer Taylor noticed an aluminum hose (similar to one used as a dryer exhaust) attached to the tail pipe and running to the hatchback door, which had been stuffed to prevent fresh air from entering.
The two called for medical help but had to restrain the driver, a 45-year-old Somerville man with a history of depression and one recorded previous suicide attempt, in order to take him into custody and transport him to Emerson Hospital under a Section 12 (involuntary) commitment. His vehicle was towed.
Police Chief John Sullivan said, "If we didn't do building checks, he would have been dead."
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