On March 13th, at about 11:00 a.m., 911 receive a call from a Spokane Valley resident. The 54 year old male told 911 he was going to hang himself, that he had no weapons and that he wanted someone to find him. Spokane Valley Officers Griffin Criswell, Wally Loucks and Richard Johnson responded and were on scene within three minutes.
The officers entered the residence and found the victim hanging by an extension cord. As the officers approached the suspect they saw his stomach slightly move. The officers quickly lifted the victim, cut him down and began CPR. Initially they were not able to locate a pulse. Shortly after CPR was initiated they located a pulse and saw the victim was starting to breathe on his own. The Spokane Valley Fire Department and AMR were able to stabilize the victim and transport him to a local medical facility.
On Thursday morning, March 15th, the family advised the victim was alert and conscious with a positive demeanor. They extended their deepest gratitude and thanks to officers Criswell, Loucks and Johnson for their quick response and heroism during this traumatic event.
Deputy Craig Chamberlin
Spokane County Sheriff`s Office
Public Information Officer