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Officers honored for defusing crisis

September 16, 2018

GREENWICH — Two police officers were honored for de-escalating a dangerous situation involving a man threatening suicide last month in Greenwich.

Police Officer Alex Testani and Master Police Officer Carl Johnson earned the distinction of “Officers of the Month” for their work in defusing a crisis situation.

The incident began as the two officers responded to a local residence on Aug. 6 on a report of a disturbance.

“Upon arrival officers found an armed suicidal subject,” the citation says. “Through extended dialog, the officers were able to get the subject to put down his knife. Nobody was injured and this incident had a successful conclusion.”

Police officers have responded to a number of suicide attempts this year, none of which resulted in major injuries or death. Two incidents, on March 8 and March 13, brought police to residences where men were threatening to kill themselves with knives.

In a typical year, according to Greenwich police statistics, 17 suicide-attempts and four suicides take place.

Law enforcement officials are promoting the services of a mental-health organization, the Dubois Center Crisis Intervention Hotline, which can be reached at 203-358-8500, or 800-586-9903.

A free suicide-prevention training session will be held, open to the public, at Greenwich Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

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