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Police officers recognized for water rescue of suicidal person in Canton

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CANTON - The PBA of New York State is commending SUNY Canton University Police Officer Daniel Callahan, Lieutenant Brian Kurish and Deputy Chief Al Mulkin, as well as Canton PD Sergeant James Santimaw, for rescuing a suicidal subject from jumping off a bridge over the Grasse River earlier this week.

Officer Callahan was called to the bridge after receiving the report of a despondent subject. When arriving he attempted to grab the subject, who had a rope around his neck, however the subject jumped over, according to a release from the PBA of New York State.

Officer Callahan and Sgt. Santimaw tried lifting the subject back to the bridge, but he was too heavy, so Officer Callahan quickly made the decision to cut the rope even though it would mean the subject would fall into the raging river below, which was high due to rain and snow melt.

Once the subject fell into the river, Officer Callahan took off his heavy equipment and entered the dangerous waters, but could not find the suspect immediately. He eventually located him about 25 feet from shore and, along with Sergeant Santimaw as well as Lieutenant Kurish and Deputy Chief Mulkin who also came to the scene, were able to pull him to safety.

The subject, whose name the PBA is withholding, was taken to Canton-Potsdam hospital and is expected to recover.

“This courageous rescue shows the dedication and professionalism of both the SUNY Canton University Police and the Canton Village Police. The PBA is grateful that all involved are safe and the situation ended positively,” the release from the PBA said.

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