Border Patrol agents save 2 suicidal men

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

In two separate incidents Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued men attempting suicide on Detroit’s east side, according to Customs and Border Protection.

In the first incident, around 7 p.m., a Border Patrol agent was patrolling near Maheras-Gentry park along the Detroit River when he noticed a man stumbling in the street.

“The agent stopped to assist him and noticed he was covered in blood,” authorities said Thursday. “The individual stated he just tried to commit suicide and stabbed himself.”

Agents called for an ambulance but noticed that the man’s condition was quickly worsening. They and two other Border Patrol agents took the man to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Later that night, around 10:30 p.m., different Border Patrol agents responded to a call from Detroit police about a possible suicidal man near Atwater and Riopelle.

The Detroit Station agents found the man, who had driven his vehicle past the Chene Park entrance and onto the sidewalk, authorities said. The man got out of his vehicle and jumped into the Detroit River, they said.

The agents tossed throw bags with ropes into the water toward the man, officials said. After one minute in the river, the man grabbed the line and was pulled to shore. He was then turned over to emergency medical services.

“Each of us in this world has a purpose,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement Thursday. “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 men are expected to survive.

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