DETROIT— In two separate incidents just hours apart, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Detroit Station saved two men who were attempting suicide along Detroit’s east side.
The first incident took place at approximately 7pm near Maheras-Gentry park, when a Border Patrol agent patrolling along the Detroit River noticed a man stumbling down the street. The agent stopped to assist him and noticed he was covered in blood. The individual stated he just tried to commit suicide and stabbed himself. Moments after requesting an ambulance, agents noticed the subject’s condition was rapidly worsening and made the split second decision along with two other Border Patrol agents to transport the individual to Detroit Receiving Hospital.
The night’s second incident took place at approximately 10:30pm after Border Patrol agents responded to a call from the Detroit Police Department of a possible suicidal male subject near the intersection of Atwater and Riopelle. Detroit Station agents located the individual, who drove his vehicle past the entrance to Chene Park and onto the sidewalk. After exiting the vehicle, he jumped into the Detroit River. Border Patrol agents immediately retrieved throw bags from their vehicles and tossed them approximately 15 feet into the water towards the subject. After approximately one minute in the river, the subject grabbed the line and was pulled safely back to shore. He was turned over to Emergency Medical Services.
“Each of us in this world has a purpose,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “I am proud that the purpose for these Border Patrol agents last night was to save the lives of two people who needed help.”
Both subjects are expected to survive.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.