Bernalillo County– At approximately 8:30 a.m. on December 25, 2013, while on patrol, NMSP Officer Dean Carroll observed a young adult male positioned as if preparing to jump from the Coors Boulevard overpass onto moving traffic on Interstate 40. Acting quickly, Officer Carroll arrived at the top of the overpass to make contact with the subject, identified as 22 year-old Justin Hill of Albuquerque.
Mr. Hill was suffering from obvious emotional distress, suicidal thoughts, anger and discontent. All these mixed emotions added to his intent to jump from the bridge.
During the encounter, Officer Carroll was able to reason with Mr. Hill. After calming Mr. Hill, Officer Carroll was able to secure him in the rear seat of his unit, where Mr. Hill was safe from further injury.
Officer Carroll was able to prevent a Christmas Day tragedy for this young man and his family.
This is all due to the training NMSP officers receive in dealing with individuals experiencing emotional distress. Officer Carroll’s sense of compassion for this individual, quick thinking and decision making also played an integral role in this rescue.
Mr. Hill was later transported to the hospital by ambulance to get help for his emotional distress.
The type of action taken by Officer Carroll exemplifies what a New Mexico State Police Officer does in the course of his duties.
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Contact: Sergeant Damyan K. Brown