Suicide Prevented As Deputy Talks Man Off of TV Tower


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Barton County Sheriff’s Office personnel Sunday morning talked a distraught man out of hanging himself from the KSNC transmitter station tower north of Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Great Bend Tribune.

At about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to the television tower about four miles north of Great Bend. The sheriff’s office received reports of a suicidal subject who climbed the tower and was threatening to kill himself.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 41-year-old Great Bend man about 200 feet above ground level standing on a platform in the tower. The man also carried a section of rope up the tower with him.

“Evidently the individual is upset due to domestic matters,” Bellendir told the GB Tribune.                   

Deputy David Melcher established telephone contact with the distraught man, and at a later point, Detective Sgt. David Paden also talked to him. After about 30 minutes, officers convinced the man to climb back down the tower.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Barton County Jail where he was evaluated and later transported to a mental health facility.

There were no injuries to emergency personnel or to the man.The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by members of the Great Bend Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services, the GB Tribune reported.

November 29, 2017

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