COHASSET, Mass. — A pair of Cohasset police officers are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a suicidal man.
Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley said his department received a call from a police department in Connecticut on April 1 to report a suicidal man may have broken into a relative’s home in Cohasset. The family who owns the home was on vacation at the time. The 52-year-old man called the police department in Connecticut and told them he was going to take his own life.
Cohasset Police went to the home and forced in the door, but no one was inside.
The police department in Connecticut called Cohasset Police back and said the man was now located near Sandy Beach.
When officers arrived at Sandy Beach, they found a car with Connecticut license plates. They searched the car and found alcohol, an empty pill bottle and an empty utility knife package.
Officers searched the area along the coast between Sandy Beach and Cunningham Bridge and found the man on one of the jetties. Police said he was in a crevice between rocks, semi-conscious and covered in blood from self-inflected stab wounds.
An ambulance crew wouldn’t be able to get a stretcher out onto the rocky and remote location, so K9 Officer Patrick Reardon and Officer Gregory Lowrance carried the man about a quarter-mile to Atlantic Avenue, where they turned him over to the fire department. Lowrance is a rookie officer who just graduated from the police academy three weeks ago.
“These officers are the epitome of what public service is all about,” Quigley told Boston 25 News. “I couldn’t be more proud of their actions. They made a difference.”
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