Prescott Valley Police Department
Office: 928-772-5114 or Dispatch 928-772-9267
DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019
DISTRAUGHT MAN BROUGHT TO SAFETY
On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at approximately 8:30PM, Prescott Valley Police Department received a call about a man standing on the edge of the dam at Fain Park. He was crying and making statements suggesting he was contemplating suicide.
When police personnel responded to the location, they attempted to engage the subject in conversation. At first the man was not positively responsive to the officers and resisted talking with them. He was acting agitated, throwing his arms up in the air and then resting them on top of his head. He was crying and his voice sounded distressed.
As officers continued speaking to him, they were able to learn that the man was distraught over family issues. Finally, the man was persuaded to come off the dam and continue the conversation.
Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (CAFMA) and Life Line Ambulance responded to the scene and checked out the man. Terros Health counselors also arrived and persuaded the man to submit to evaluation.
Because the citizens contacted first responders, and because of the expertise and professionalism of trained officers and other personnel, a more serious event was prevented. Prescott Valley Interim Police Chief James Edelstein commends all that were involved in this intervention and stresses the value of citizen and inter-agency cooperation.
Again we emphasize: “If You See Something, Say Something!”
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.