Man rescued after apparent suicide attempt

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Alaska State Troopers rescued a man Wednesday morning who apparently tried to hang himself.

Troopers said they received a call at 12:17 a.m. from a woman who said her 29-year-old estranged husband had called her from his house and said he had a rope and was going to hang himself.

Troopers Ronny Simmons and Larry Erickson reached the man's home 21 minutes later. They said the lights were off and there was no answer when they knocked, but that they heard a sound as if someone were gagging inside.

Erickson forced open the locked door and saw the man, who appeared to be semiconscious, hanging from a rope in the middle of the living room. The rope was digging deep into his neck, causing him to gag.

Erickson cut the rope, releasing the man, but could not loosen the knot and had to cut that too.

The troopers laid the man on the floor, which opened his airway. He was rushed by ambulance to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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