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Three MPD officers recognized for saving suicidal man in Milwaukee River

Quick thinking and brave actions by several District One officers of the Milwaukee Police Department helped save a man’s life Downtown. Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Juneau Avenue around 2:00 AM on Tuesday morning, June 13 for a report of a man who was in the Milwaukee River trying to drown himself.

The man’s friend jumped in after him to try and save him but was unsuccessful. Sergeant Thomas Ackley, Sergeant Logan Jeffery, and Officer Christopher Monigold raced to the scene and found the suicidal man was under a platform and trying to drown himself.

Officer Monigold got down on the ground and grabbed the man’s wrist but lost his grip. While Officer Monigold continued to talk to the man, Sergeant Jeffery jumped in the water and physically held the man while the man kept yelling “Just let me do it!”

Officer Monigold and Sergeant Ackley pulled the friend out of the water and then helped Sergeant Jeffery and the suicidal man out of the water. The man was transported to a local hospital for mental health treatment.

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