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Fayetteville officers save person during apparent suicide attempt

Posted January 5, 2011 1:31 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2011 1:38 p.m. EST

— Two Fayetteville police officers saved a person who was apparently trying to commit suicide Wednesday morning.

The person's name, age and gender were not released.

Around 8 a.m., officers Douglas Austin and John Newland responded to the area of Pepperbush Drive and Bingham Drive in reference to a well-being check.

There, they found a vehicle backed up to a garage with apparatuses running from the vehicle's exhaust system into the garage, which was sealed with blankets along the bottom of the door, according to police. 

"The officers recognized this set-up as an apparent suicide attempt and took immediate action," police spokesman Sgt. John Somerindyke said in a statement. "They were able to turn the ignition to the vehicle off, then force their way into the garage by smashing a window to the door."

The officers found a semi-conscious person lying in a cardboard box on the floor of the garage, police said. They took the person outside to get fresh air, helped the person regain consciousness and called for an ambulance.

Emergency workers took the person to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for evaluation.

"Due to the officers’ diligent actions, the subject is currently recovering and is in stable condition," Somerindyke said.