By Scott Bolthouse
Huron Township’s police K9 unit likely saved a life by tracking down a suicidal person in a wooded area Thursday evening.
According to Public Safety Director Everette Robbins, officers were dispatched to the 27000 block of Mockingbird at 8:48 p.m. when a call came in saying that a person had just attempted suicide by cutting their wrists.
While police were in route to the house, the person fled into a nearby wooded area.
Officer Kenneth Hickman and his K9 partner, Chief, were able to track the injured person and helped keep them safe until paramedics arrived.
“My partner Chief did a great job locating the victim. When he located her, he even allowed the victim to pet him and greeted her which put a smile on her face and helped make her feel better. I was very proud of him,” said Hickman.
The Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the woman to an area hospital for evaluation.
“We were very fortunate to have the ability to utilize our K9 Unit. This was an example of a very good person making an emotional decision during a difficult time in their life. We are pleased that we were able to get them help and a second chance. That may not have been possible without our K9 Team,” Robbins said.
“Last night was a great example of the great work being done by our public safety team. Not only did we have this incident, but we had multiple incidents going on at one time including a person having a medical emergency in the opposite part of the township. Everyone from our dispatch staff to our Fire Department and Police Team put on an impressive display of teamwork to keep our residents in need safe.”