BLOOMINGDALE, NJ— A Bloomingdale CIT certified Police Officer was recognized Tuesday night for helping to save a suicidal man’s life.
Sgt. Daniel Fletcher, a graduate of Passaic Counties CIT Class #60 was awarded with a plaque and a key to the city at Tuesday night’s town council meeting for how he handed a mental health crises last month.
While responding to a township residence in January for a welfare check, Fletcher noticed something off. After knocking and trying to get the attention of the resident, Fletcher followed his instincts and went inside.
A man was inside the home, with a a gun pressed underneath his chin, police said in a statement. Fletcher held a conversation with the man, eventually disarming the man from his loaded gun.
The man was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, and is doing “much better,” police said.