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Port Washington officers dissuade man from suicide attempt

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:22:42-05

Port Washington officers were dispatched to Rotary Park at approximately 3:18 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, for a man threatening suicide.

Officers located a 44-year-old man that had climbed over the railings, and at the edge of the pier attempting to end his life by jumping in Lake Michigan, officers say.

An officer began implementing safety procedures and started a conversation with the man to dissuade his attempt.

The Port Washington Fire Department had staged their dive team and had an ambulance nearby, ready to respond.

After about 30 minutes of conversation, the man complied with the officer's requests and climbed back over the railings.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The Port Washington Police Department put out a statement saying, "PWPD remains committed to our values, including those of teamwork and human life above anything else. Despite dangerous cold temperatures, our officers, along with their partners at the Port Washington Fire Department, remained outside with this individual in crisis, in a steadfast effort to ensure his safety."

If you or a loved one are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline here.

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