WFPD striving to prevent suicide for those who feel hopeless

Suicide calls are something the department deals with on a daily basis

KAUZ News Channel 6 @ 10pm - clipped version

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita Falls Police Department is helping prevent suicides by making sure when pressure pushes people to hopelessness, those who are suffering never feel alone.

“It could be something as serious as someone on a bridge, somebody with a weapon or it could be somebody at home and it’s just hit them,” said Sergeant Charlie Eipper, Public information officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

According to WFPD, it’s not unusual for officers to get suicide calls from people needing help on a daily basis.

“We’re all human and so that’s a place I’m sure some of us have been in but what I want to do is be able to build that rapport and show him that this isn’t the way to go about it,” said Matthew Woodley, Patrol officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

One of the most recent WFPD suicide attempt rescues happened on Dec. 3 on the overpass of Kell and Kemp Street, which was captured on tape by a witness.

“She was already engaged with constable Davila so he had her attention on him I was able to kind of sneak up from behind her without her hearing or seeing me and grabbed on to her pretty quick without her being able to go over the side,” said Brian Rhoden, Police officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

For more information on Suicide Awareness and Prevention, visit The Texas Health and Human Services website.

If you are in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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