State Trooper Stops Pending Suicide: Police

The Illinois State Police trooper just happened to be passing the man, who was on a Route 59 over the DuPage River, when he decided to stop, Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said.

A despondent man preparing to jump from a Route 59 bridge into the DuPage River Monday afternoon was talked out of taking his own life by an Illinois State Police officer, Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said.

Trooper Ken Gurney spotted the man standing on the bridge at about 3:50 p.m. and considered it odd enough to stop and find out what he was doing, Padilla said. The bridge is between Caton Farm and Rolf roads, adjacent to Wedgewood Golf Course in Joliet.

Just as he reached the man, a car pulled up and a woman, later identified as the man's girlfriend, shouted that the man was planning to commit suicide, he said.

"Our trooper made contact with him and persuaded him to let (the trooper) take him into protective custody," Padilla said.

Gurney, a 16-year state police veteran who has spent his entire career working in Will and Grundy counties, has been called upon before to help people contemplating suicide, Padilla said.

"He not only talked him away from the edge of the bridge, he volunteered to transport him to the hospital," he said.

The man, described as being in his 20s and having financial and relationship problems, was admitted for evaluation at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Padilla said.



Droncz87 April 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Good he came down but he wouldn't have received more than a broken ankle or two.
Brandon April 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I am glad that he is getting the help he needs. While the two of you may be right, he wouldn't have been severely hurt from the fall, he could have been hurt enough that he couldn't get up. He could have drowned, but if he was just hurt, he could have lied there fro days without anyone knowing it. Thank you to the officer who came to his rescue. Mental illness and depression plagues many people, but few get the help they need. Hopefully things will get better for this man.
Ray T. April 16, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Thank God and M.S. Padilla for saving this gentleman's life. Now he has a chance to start over. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. My prayers are with him.
Jay Cook April 17, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Financial problems...you will see more & more of this in the years to come. In 2007, the suicide rate was "1 every 17 minutes=30,000/year." By 2010, that number went to "1 every 15 minutes=35,000/year". By the end of Obama's 1st term, the number was down to 12 minutes=43,000/year. By the time Barry walks out of 1600, that number will be about "every 9 minutes=almost 60,000 people per year." He wants gun control/green energy/healthcare? How about leading the country-stop traveling & campaigning?
Olddeegee April 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
So no healthcare and no background checks on gun ownership will help lower the suicide rate? I'm really waiting for you to elaborate on that one.


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