By Scott Bolthouse
Two Huron Township Police officers were commended Thursday for helping to talk down a suicidal man who threatened to jump off of a freeway overpass last month.
According to a letter of commendation from Pubic Safety Director Everette Robbins, the incident occurred July 19, when Officers Keith Nappo and Derek Lazarski responded to a call about a man sitting on the side railing of the Willow Road and I-275 overpass and dangling his legs over southbound traffic.
Upon arrival, Nappo instantly recognized the man from past interactions, and was able to convince the man to step down from the railing.
“Officer Nappo, you are able to use your rapport with the subject to convince him to step down from the railing to safety and convince him to seek medical evaluation without indecent,” Robbins said in the letter.
“The moments you spent listening to this (man) on the prior occasion more than likely saved his life and for that, I thank you.”
Lazarski personally drove the man’s car back to his home instead of impounding it, putting the man at ease during a tense situation.
“Police officers regularly find themselves in situations where they deal with people that are in their lowest moments,” Robbins said in the letter.
“It is how we as police officers treat these individuals during these moments that define our career as well as our relationship with those that we serve so proudly.”