Police and DHMC Security Rush Suicidal Man On Edge of Parking Garage Roof

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Eric Francis

21-year-old man grabbed back from the brink

LEBANON, NH - A Lebanon police officer and a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center security officer were able to grab a suicidal man who'd been ignoring attempts to talk with him as he stood on a ledge early Sunday evening right at the top of a five-story parking garage at the sprawling DHMC complex.

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    Police around the region had been on the lookout for the 21-year-old man after a female friend of his called dispatchers and reported that he'd just sent her pictures of his feet dangling over the bridge on Route 4 at the Quechee Gorge in Hartford.

    The woman told authorities she believed he was on his way to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to seek help and a short time later, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Lebanon Police officer spotted the man's car in the parking garage at DHMC.  Moments later, a member of the Security staff spotted the suicidal subject standing on a ledge atop the garage.

    "Members of the Lebanon Crisis Intervention Team attempted to initiate dialogue with the male but he would not respond," the Lebanon Police Department wrote in a prepared statement.  "After several minutes, officers became concerned that the male was going to jump or fall so they made the decision to rescue him from the edge. An officer and a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Security Officer were able to approach the male and simultaneously grab him and pull him from the ledge."

    Police said that no one was injured and the officers and Security team were able to restrain the man and bring him into the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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