Yarmouth Detective Helps Save Suicidal Man in Barnstable

Letter from Barnstable Police Chief to Yarmouth Police Chief...

Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend recently thanked the Yarmouth Police Department for the efforts of Detective John Fallon, who assisted BPD with a suicidal man on August 14th.  Below is the text of the letter from Chief Sonnabend to Chief Frederickson:

Chief Frederickson,

I would like to extend my since thank you to Detective John Fallon for responding to the scene of a suicidal man in the Town of Barnstable on Tuesday, August 14.  The man in question had scaled a tree 40 feet off the ground and tied a noose around his neck.  He had also armed himself with box cutters and threatened to harm anyone that attempted to remove him from the tree before he jumped to hang himself.

Over the course of several hours various negotiators worked to get the man to give up his weapons, but could not get him to commit to coming down from the tree.  Upon his arrival, Detective Fallon was able to smoothly and quickly establish a rapport with the man.  Through this building of trust, Detective Fallon was able to convince the man to remove the rope from his neck and climb down from the tree.  

Detective Fallon's actions that night not only saved the life of the man in the tree, but undoubtedly prevented other officers from being hurt trying to climb the tree and confront an agitated and suicidal person perched 40 feet from the ground.

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for Detective Fallon's efforts that night and say he brings great credit upon himself and the men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department.

Sincerely,

Matthew Sonnabend

Chief of Police


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