Frankfort Police Officers Kaleb Thompson and Tyyon Neal were each honored Thursday with the prestigious Lifesaving Award at the police department in recognition of their heroic actions which saved man attempting suicide.
According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, Thompson and Neal were dispatched to the 400 block of South Harrison Street while on patrol on August 8 to check on a man who was possibly suicidal. Thompson and Neal, along with Police Officers Josh Danner and Lance Pickrell, arrived at the scene and began searching for the man.
Thompson and Neal located the man in a nearby garage with a cord around his neck. As Thompson was speaking with the man, the man jumped from an elevated position and hung from his neck. Thompson burst through the door and lifted the man, relieving the cords tension and allowing him to breathe. While Thompson was holding the man, Neal removed the cord from around the man’s neck.
“Officers Thompson and Neal used their training, skill and dedication in this very critical situation to save a man’s life,” said Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon.
Thompson joined the Frankfort Police Department on May 13, 2015, and Neal on November 28, 2016.