Hobart police rescue suicidal man in snow with no coat, shoes

2014-02-20T19:00:00Z 2014-02-20T21:58:11Z Hobart police rescue suicidal man in snow with no coat, shoesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 20, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

HOBART | A potentially fatal situation ended safely Monday after Hobart police located a suicidal man who wandered away from his home during heavy snowfall.

A man suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder had a violent outbreak, said Matt Claussen, a city councilman and Hobart police officer.

Police were contacted about the situation about 4:30 p.m. Monday after the man left his home without a coat or shoes and threatened to commit suicide.

Hobart police K-9 Butch took a scent from a pillowcase and began tracking the man with officers Kevin Garber Jr. and Cody Riggle, Claussen said.

After about 3 miles, the dog led them to a heavily wooded area where the man was found.

"They ran this whole way," Claussen said of the officers.

The area, which is near a location where a bike path crosses Lake George, wasn't accessible to vehicles, so the officers walked the man to an ambulance dispatched to the scene, Police Chief Rick Zormier said.

During Wednesday's City Council meeting, Claussen commended the officers for their strength and stamina and the dog's ability to track a person in the snow.

"Who knows what would've happened" if the man wasn't immediately located, Claussen said.

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