YARMOUTH - Responding to a reported suicide threat, Yarmouth officers stopped a man from taking his own life early Tuesday. According to a Yarmouth police release, a call came in just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday of a man holding a rope and sitting in a car in the driveway of a Yarmouth home.
Officers Matthew Sheehan and Brian Carchedi arrived to find the man standing on the hood of his car with a noose tied around his neck. One end of the rope was tied to a tree limb and the other was tied to the car bumper, according to police.
As Officers Sheehan and Carchedi approached the man and tried to get him to come down from the hood, he reportedly ordered the officers to stay back and jumped. The man was suspended off the ground several feet before Officer Sheehan grabbed his legs and pushed him upward to slacken the rope. Officer Carchedi climbed onto the hood of the car and cut the rope with a knife, police said.
Following a struggle, the officers took the unidentified man into protective custody. He was then transported by Yarmouth Fire and Rescue to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis for evaluation, police said.
Both Officer Sheehan and Officer Carchedi have been nominated for the Yarmouth Police Dept. Lifesaving Award.