Port Washington police officers credited with dissuading man from suicide attempt

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Port Washington police say their officers helped a man experiencing a mental health crisis Wednesday, Jan. 27.

According to the police department, officers were dispatched to Rotary Park around 3:18 a.m. when a 44-year-old man at the end of the park's observation pier climbed over a railing, threatening to jump into Lake Michigan.

Police say the temperature at this time was 10 degrees with a wind chill of -2.

After 30 minutes of dialogue, the man climbed back over the railings to the officers and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

In a Facebook post, the department wrote:

"PWPD remains committed to our values, including those of teamwork and human life above anything else. Despite dangerous cold temperatures, our officers, along with their partners at the Port Washington Fire Department, remained outside with this individual in crisis, in a steadfast effort to ensure his safety. We would like to also extend a thank you to our partners at Ozaukee Sheriff and the Michels Corporation for your contributions in the safe resolution to this incident."

Port Washington police remind the public that there are many community resources available for those struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. 

Help can be found through Ozaukee County Crisis Management Services, at copeservices.org, or suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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