Any one that has worked in law enforcement for a brief period of time, will know that things can change in a heartbeat. No domestic call is the same, no traffic stop is the same and no assault call is the same. That definitely holds true with this incident that happened during my traffic stop, or should I say I was aware of it after my stop. During one of my night shifts, I remember pulling this car over on Route 1 for some simple violation. I might’ve been there for some time or not, but the next thing I know I see two more of fellow officers pulling up behind me. It ended up being a “routine” traffic stop that I cleared with either a warning or citation, but the next thing I remember is that I heard someone running up behind me yelling out to me. I turned around and saw this young female running towards me, across the road, with this very concerned and desperation look on her face. When she got close to me, I just remember her telling me that her roommate just attempted suicide and that she needs help immediately.
Without telling the other officers that were there with me, I just immediately ran across the road to the house where the girl came from. Unfortunately, my radio wasn’t getting great reception inside the house so I couldn’t hear anyone calling me at first. After following the young girl into the house where her roommate was lying, the first thing I saw was just the fear in the eyes of the other girl who just attempted suicide. As I got further into the room, I saw the large kitchen knife lying next to the girl covered partially in blood. Obviously, I quickly removed the knife from the scene, or at least away from her, and quickly went into action to stop the bleeding. I was expecting the girl to fight me from trying to save her life, or trying to treat her, but she cooperated with me every step of the way. When I was able to hear on the radio that I was being called, I finally was able to inform the dispatcher of what I had and what was needed.
I’m not sure how quickly the paramedics got there, but I remember they were there pretty quick. The whole scene lasted maybe only a few minutes, but felt like it last for several more. Then, just as quickly as it started the scene ended with both roommates heading towards the hospital. Each time I wanted to go back to the house to follow up on how things are, I either got distracted with something else or some type of energy just kept me away. So, unfortunately, I never got to know what happened to the girl who nearly ended her life and if she ever got help. At the time that happened, the scene was out of our jurisdiction so no written report of any kind was documented, except me responding and people being transported. Few years later, all that changed when majority of the city became part of our patrols and anyone being treated and/or transported by the paramedics was documented. Situations like that I often wonder about people that I come across in life at their worse, and how they progress or digress as time goes on. So many times in our career we don’t get to see the outcome of our assistance with people and victims of certain crimes. I often thing does the girl even feel appreciative that I came and helped her and didn’t leave the area right away? Does she even remember who I was? Somethings in life you will never know.