Quick action saves Rockland man’s life

Posted May 08, 2012, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified May 08, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man who tried to commit suicide was saved during a dramatic rescue this weekend.

Rockland police received a call shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday of a man attempting to kill himself.

Sgt. Anthony Camporiale arrived and found the man was hanging by his neck from an extension cord that he had tied around a power line connected to the second floor of a two-story duplex on State Street in Rockland. The police sergeant tried to reach the man but the victim’s feet were out of reach, according to Deputy Rockland Police Chief Wally Tower.

But Camporiale was able to throw a knife up to another man on the second floor who used it to cut the extension cord.

The city’s emergency medical services department took the man who attempted suicide to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. The man, whose name the Bangor Daily News has chosen not to publish, survived, Tower said.