Man thanks police who saved his life after suicide attempt

 14/11/2018

​A MAN who attempted suicide has called police just 24 hours later to thank the officers who saved his life.
 
Durham Constabulary were called on Sunday evening to an address in the Durham City area after reports that a man was threatening to take his own life.
 
Police constables Paul Oliver and Jamie Patel arrived at the property within minutes and found the door unlocked.
 
They discovered a man in his 40s hanging inside.
 
The two officers swiftly brought him down to safety and administered first aid, then sat with him and kept him talking until paramedics arrived.
 
The man was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham for treatment. He is now recovering in hospital and receiving the support he needs.
 
On Monday evening, surprised staff at Durham Constabulary’s control room at force headquarters received a phone call from the grateful man, who asked for his thanks to be passed on to the officers who saved him.
 
Superintendent Colin Williamson said: “He said that he often thought the police were under-appreciated and described PCs Oliver and Patel as heroes.
 
“He added that if they were ever in the area, the two officers were welcome to pop in for a cup of tea any time”.
 
Supt Williamson added: “It’s good to hear that Sunday’s incident ended well and the man involved is now getting help.
 
“We don’t see our officers as heroes - it’s just what they do every day.
 
“But it is nice to get some recognition for the tremendous work they do, responding calmly in a crisis to keep members of the public safe and, in this case, saving a man’s life”.
 
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