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APD Officers Utilize CIT Training to Save a Life

Friday's Heroes: Officer Michael Jones and Sergeant Nick Wheeler

January 15, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Officer Jones and Sergeant Nick Wheeler for their exceptional diligence and quick action that ultimately saved a man’s life. Officer Michael Jones and Sergeant Wheeler’s kindness and patience earned them the title of this week’s Friday’s Heroes.

In the middle of the night there were reports of a distraught  man walking on the Paseo del Norte Westbound flyover. Officer Jones was the first that arrived on scene. He found that the man was intoxicated and making suicidal threats. When Sergeant Wheeler arrived he immediately directed the shutdown of the freeway and overpass to give the officers ample amount of room to speak to the distressed individual without distractions for him.  New Mexico State Police and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office pitched in to assist in traffic control in the area.

Officer Jones established a conversation with the man and after Sergeant Wheeler had secured the scene, he assisted in negotiating with the man. The officers worked tirelessly to for three hours in below freezing temperatures to talk the man off the high ledge. Officer Jones and Sergeant Wheeler expressed genuine concern and exhibited excellent crisis management skills that were obtained through their Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) . Their compassion and exceptional diligence are what led to his concession to back away from harm’s way.  The man was then transported to the hospital for further evaluation.  Officer Jones then contacted the man’s wife to let her know her husband was doing alright and had been taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Officer Michael Jones and Sergeant Nick Wheeler saved the life of a husband and a father of three young children through their diligence, calm demeanor, and compassion. These valiant characteristics have earned them the Friday’s Heroes award.