By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Huron Township Officers Brian Kostielney, Susan Falloni and Dispatcher Karen Stackpoole all received a letter of commendation from Police Chief Everette Robbins on Monday, Oct. 13 for their response to a potential suicide call.
According to Robbins, on Friday, Oct. 10, Dispatcher Stackpoole received a 911 call from a resident in the 27000 block of Clariet Drive who said she had received text messages from a male claiming that he was going to commit suicide.
According to the caller, the male who was texting her stated that he was going to lay down on the railroad tracks and commit suicide by train. The caller also stated that the man had sent photographs of himself on the railroad tracks.
Robbins said in the letter that Officers Kostielney and Falloni responded to the location and attempted to make contact with the suicidal person at his residence. Upon arrival, the officers could not make contact with the man at his residence but noticed that his vehicle was there. Kostielney and Falloni advised dispatch to contact CSX and stop all railroad traffic until the suicidal person could be located.
Kostielney and Falloni then checked the nearby railroad tracks on foot and were able to locate the person that they were looking for. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken into protective custody and was transported to Southshore Medical Hospital in Trenton for treatment.
“On behalf of the entire agency, I want to commend each of you for your exceptional work in this incident,” Robbins said in the letter.
“Your vast experience, self initiation and quick response likely saved the life of a Huron Township resident. Your exemplary work reflects well upon us all and we, as well as the residents of Huron Township, are very fortunate to have each of you as a valued member of the Huron Township Police Department,” he said.
Robbins noted that due to the recent suicides on the railroad tracks, the department staff has put in an extra effort when it comes to calls like these.