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Bergen County Police officer rescues injured, suicidal woman at BCC

Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

A Bergen County Police officer struggled with and then subdued a suicidal woman who was slicing her arm with a shard of glass as her blood pooled on the floor of a Bergen Community College bathroom.

BCPD Christopher Ham got the report of a suicide attempt from a security guard on BCC’s Paramus campus just before 3 p.m. yesterday, Lt. James Mulllin said.

Ham found the 26-year-old woman “on the floor of a woman’s bathroom with a large shard of glass in her hand, cutting and slicing her left arm,” Mullin said.

Along with the blood were other glass shards, he said.

Ham at first tried talking the woman into relenting, “but she refused and continued to slice her arm,” Mullin said.

“He eventually was able to knock the glass from her hand,” he added, “but she quickly tried to pick up another piece.”

With help from the campus public safety officer, Ham got the woman under control as she kept reaching for other glass shards “in an attempt to continue to hurt herself,” Mullin said.

She was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, he said.

The Bergen County Police Department has been operating a sub station at the college’s Paramus campus since 2007. As a result, Ham got to the scene within moments and saved the woman’s life, Mullin said.

(PHOTO: Boyd A. Loving)

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