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Deputies prevent suicide


Press Release

Local Officers Perform Lifesaving Measures

On March 19, 2011 four Caroline County Deputies and two Virginia State Troopers took action to save the life of a Caroline County resident.

At 9:28 a.m. a call was received in the CCSO dispatch center from a Caroline County resident reporting that her 35 year old grandson had headed into a wooded area behind their residence with the intent to commit suicide.

Sergeant K.L. Chatman of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene within minutes and observed the individual lowering himself from a tree with one end of a sheet tied around his neck and the other end to the tree. Sgt. Chatman immediately began trying to release the victim from his noose. Sgt. T. Atwell and Trooper N.S. Rife of the Virginia State Police and three additional CCSO units, Sgt. S.L. Cary, Deputy A.A. Lippa, and Deputy W.D. Lipscomb arrived just three minutes later. Together, Sgt. Chatman and Trooper Rife, were able to cut the sheet and lower the victim to the ground.

The victim was unresponsive and regained a pulse only after CPR was administered by CCSO and VSP officers. The victim was flown to MCV hospital and has since been upgraded from critical condition to stable condition with no life threating conditions.

“I am extremely proud of these uniformed men and women for their quick response to the scene and for the lifesaving actions they provided to this troubled resident.” sais Sheriff  Tony Lippa

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  • Synthia Hudson- Parker

    First and formost, I give God all the glory, honor, thanks and praises. I thank Him for placing each and everyone in the right place at the right time to save my son’s life. Words can’t express what I am feeling but it’s not about me. No one knows just what a person is really going through or just how much a person can handle except the good Lord. What the devil set out for evil I know God can and will turn it around for the good. Thank God for second chances. To the CCSD and all that was there to save my son I can’t thank you enough. The words “Thank You” just aren’t enough to express what I feel . He is in the right place now to get the help he needs to be restored, reabilitated, and renewed.

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