A Hoquiam teen suffered only superficial injuries Friday night after firefighters used their new ladder truck to get Hoquiam Sgt. Brian Dayton to the roof of a in the 400 block of Emerson Avenue. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us E911 Dispatch received several calls that night from worried friends of a 14-year old girl who had apparently posted suicidal comments on her Facebook page.
When officers first checked on her, and spoke with her family, she assured them she wasn’t going to harm herself. Myers said the family was aware of the circumstances and had taken steps to prevent any harm.
About 30-minutes later, police were called back to the home as the girl was reportedly cutting herself with a razor while barricaded in a bathroom.
Upon the arrival of Hoquiam officers, they found the teen at the peak of the roof of the large two-story home. The teen proceeded to cut herself with a small razor blade as she refused to talk with officers or get down off the steep-sloped roof.
A Hoquiam Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene; officers also requested the fire department deploy their ladder truck in an attempt to rescue the teen before she harmed herself further or slipped off the slick roof.
The teen heeded the pleas of the officers on the ground to throw down the razor, but then attempted to strangle herself with a cord from the TV mast at the top of the roof.
The fire department deployed the new ladder truck which was just recently purchased and placed into service. Sgt. Brian Dayton accompanied the firefighters to the roof in the bucket of the ladder. Sgt. Dayton reached the peak and was able to slide down the roof to a brick chimney where the teen had retreated. The teen was escorted to the bucket and transported to the ground on the ladder truck.
The teen was transported to Community Hospital by ambulance for treatment and referral to mental health assistance; she only suffered superficial injuries.
If you suspect that a teenager you know is suicidal, take immediate action! For 24-hour suicide prevention and support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
On Monday Sgt. Brian Dayton said “Captain Tim Smith, EMT Tyler Newport, and Medic Brandon Ray were key components in helping resolve this situation.City of Hoquiam Government Fire Department has a bunch of Awesome folks working there and to have a great working realtionship with them makes some days a whole lot easier!”