By Terry Rogers
On Monday, November 14, three Milford Police Officers were recognized by City Council for saving the life of a Milford man. Chief Kenneth Brown said that Sargeant Robert Young, Corporal Al Sargeant and Patrolman Brandon Hartlove responded to a call with a subject threatening suicide on October 9, 2016.
“The call came into the 911 center from a concerned person who reported a relative was upset,” Patrolman Hartlove said. “She witnessed the relative going outside with a rope so she picked up her phone and called for help.” Chief Brown said that when the three officers arrived, they found the subject hanging from a tree behind the complex where the call originated and immediately took action to try to save the man.
“Sgt. Young got underneath the man and lifted him, relieving the pressure of the rope on his neck,” Chief Brown said. “Patrolman Hartlove climbed the tree and cut the rope, allowing the man to fall and Corporal Sargeant caught him. They immediately called for paramedics and an ambulance, even though the man had no pulse or respirations. They began performing CPR until the medics arrived and then allowed them to take over.”
Patrolman Hartlove said that the man had a strong pulse and was breathing unassisted when the ambulance left the scene, something Chief Brown said was made possible because of the heroic efforts of the three police officers.
“As a police officer, you wear many hats and are trained to react to various situations that you encounter,” Patrolman Hartlove said. “Amongst other training, we are very lucky to have great medical training that we are able to rely on. The feeling of saving a life is unexplainable, but we are humbled knowing that we are part of the team that came together for this person.”
Patrolman Hartlove said that the three officers were only one piece of the puzzle that saved the person’s life. He also credited the Carlisle Fire Company, Sussex County Paramedics and the Bayhealth Milford campus staff for helping the person recover and get the help they need, both mentally and physically.
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