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Prescott officer credited for saving man's life

PRESCOTT--An emergency response by a Prescott police officer is credited for saving the life of a suicidal man Wednesday, Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko announced.

Officer Kristopher Stewart was dispatched to a residence in the city at 6:59 a.m. for a report of a 42-year-old man attempting to hang himself. When Officer Stewart arrived at 7:02 a.m., the man was hanging by the neck from a rope from a rafter in an attached garage.

Stewart cut the man down. The man was not breathing. The officer performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man and revived him. The man was subsequently transported to a hospital by Prescott EMS. He will survive the incident.

EMS and Fire Chief Bill Dravis said Stewart's heroic effort saved the man's life.

"It is my professional opinion that Officer Stewart saved this patient's life by responding to this call and having the knowledge and experience to mitigate the issue to a good outcome," Dravis said.

Bondarenko said Stewart will receive a department commendation and a lifesaving award.

"I am extremely proud of Officer Stewart for how he handled this emergency call, and I am happy his actions saved a life," Bondarenko said. "Saving lives is the ultimate goal for those of us in emergency services, and in this situation, a tragedy was narrowly averted by the officer's response."