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Altadena Sheriff’s deputies stop suicide in Farnsworth Park

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Capt. John Benedict of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station reported in an email release Tuesday night that deputies of the station prevented a man from committing suicide in Farnsworth Park late this afternoon.

According to witnesses, an unidentified man was attempting to hang himself from a light pole in the tennis court area. When deputies arrived, they saw the man clinging to the top of the 30 to 40-foot pole with a rope around his neck.

“The man told deputies he was tired of being in pain and wanted to end his life. It was clear to the deputies that he was determined to take his life as he started to lean away from the pole and tighten the noose on his neck,” the release reports.

The three deputies, Eric Salvato, Arin Davidian and Andres Bilbao, convinced the man to remove the rope, and eventually persuaded him to climb down. The deputies and fire personnel administered first aid and the man was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Farnsworth Park is located at the corner of Lake Avenue and Mount Curve.

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