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Federal Protective Service Officers Respond Quickly, Preventing Apparent Suicide Attempt in Chicago

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The quick response of two Federal Protective Service (FPS) Officers has been credited with preventing an apparent suicide attempt and dangerous situation at U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s office in Chicago on Friday. FPS Acting Area Commander Kevin Lowery and Inspector William Santiago responded to a distress call from the Senator’s office on the 39th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building, reporting that a visitor had broken a window and was making threatening statements.

When the officers arrived, the individual was in the process of exiting the broken window and attempting to jump. The officers reacted quickly, pulling the individual to safety. The actions of Commander Lowery and Inspector Santiago not only prevented the individual from harming himself, but also helped keep people safe on the street and sidewalk below.

The individual was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for injuries and is currently being held at the hospital for observation.

Every day, more than 15,000 FPS officers protect employees and visitors at more than 9,000 federal buildings around the country.
Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
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