INCIDENT #1: At about 11:27 PM, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for an adult male threatening suicide in the area of 99 Boston Street in South Boston. On arrival, officers observed the victim attempting to jump from the overpass. The victim was on the outside of the fence line while a good Samaritan was desperately clutching onto his sweatshirt through the metal chain links. One officer immediately reached through the fence in an attempt to secure the victim while a second officer climbed over the fence. That officer was able to reach the male party and hold him in place until members of the Boston Fire Department arrived on scene, at which time, they were able to cut through the fence and pull both the victim and the officer to safety. The victim was then transported by Boston EMS to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
INCIDENT #2: Several days prior, at about 6:56 AM, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for an adult male threatening suicide in the area of Fairview and Mendum Streets in Roslindale. On arrival, the officers learned that the male party had fled on foot towards the Arboretum with the intention of harming himself. While searching the area for the victim, a concerned community member informed the officers that they had observed a person hiding behind some sort of box in close proximity to the commuter rail train tracks with a train slowly approaching. The officers immediately keyed their police radios to notify and ask their dispatcher to halt all train service on the tracks as they approached and secured the victim on scene without further incident. The victim then informed and confirmed the relieved officers that he had indeed intended to end his life by jumping in front of the moving train. The victim was then transported by Boston EMS to an area hospital for medical attention and treatment.
In both these instances, a community member made a choice that directly assisted the lifesaving efforts and actions of some of Boston’s Finest and our first-responder partners. While we would never ask anyone to put themselves in harm’s way or endanger themselves in any way whatsoever, we are grateful for the assistance provided during these two incidents when every second truly mattered.
If you ever find yourself in crisis and thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one and in need of emotional support, please contact the Good Samaritan Helpline at (877) 870-4673. You can call or text any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services are free, confidential and completely anonymous.