Officer Saluted For Saving Suicidal Man

Officer Saluted For Saving Suicidal Man

BERLIN — An Ocean Pines Police officer this week was honored with a Maryland State Police “Superintendent’s Salute” for his quick action in saving the life of a man attempting suicide in a residence in the community last October.

Last October 26, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a residence in Ocean Pines for a reported suicidal individual. Upon arrival, MSP Trooper Andrew Broadwater from the Berlin barrack was met by Ocean Pines Police Patrolman First-Class James D. Minton. The two officers attempted to contact the suicidal individual to no avail.

After getting no response, Minton and Broadwater gained entrance to the residence, only to find the victim hanging from an attic rafter. Minton and Broadwater then quickly released the victim and administered CPR until the victim began to breathe again. The officers continued to provide lifesaving efforts for the victim, along with other arriving troopers, until medical services arrived and assumed care.

On Wednesday, Minton was honored with the Maryland State Police “Superintendent’s Salute” for his quick response in saving the suicidal individual’s life. The certificate was signed by current Superintendent Colonel William M. Pallozzi. The certificate was presented to Minton on Wednesday at the MSP Berlin barrack by Assistant Barrack Commander First-Sergeant Christopher Davala.

Minton was accompanied by his family and Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey. According to the certificate, Minton is commended for his outstanding contributions to the citizens of Maryland and the Maryland State Police.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.