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Medical distress call mistaken for chemical suicide

By The Mercury

A medical distress call made by a diabetic man in Riley was mistaken for a possible chemical suicide attempt when emergency responders arrived on the scene late Sunday.

Officer Matthew Droge said Riley County dispatch received a call at about 11 p.m. Sunday from a diabetic man suffering from high blood pressure who reported that he needed an ambulance.

But, Droge said, when officers arrived they observed several details, including that the man was sitting in his vehicle with the doors shut and there was condensation on his windows, that were fitting with chemical suicide attempts.  In such attempts, he said, a person mixes chemicals to create incredibly deadly fumes, leading the officers to approach with care.

Fire, police and EMS crews, including a Hazmat team, responded.

Eventually, Droge said, crews realized the 43-year-old man was not attempting to kill himself, as evidence by a lack of chemicals in his car, and EMS transported him to Mercy Regional Health Center.









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