Las Cruces, N.M. — Two Las Cruces Police officers helped save a suicidal man’s life early Monday after finding the semi-truck driver attempting to hang himself inside a rig at a west Las Cruces travel center.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, a 23-year-old man called Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch to report that he was depressed and wanted to end his life. Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the Love’s Travel Stop at 8993 Robert Larson Blvd. in far west Las Cruces but were unaware which rig the man was driving or where he might be found.
The two officers who arrived at the travel center found several semi-trucks parked overnight. The officers went rig-to-rig, waking several truck drivers, with the intent of finding the man who called 911. The officers eventually found one semi-truck whose driver did not answer when officers knocked on the door.
The officers announced their presence several times and then entered the rig where they found the man in the sleeper portion of the cab with a seatbelt tied around his neck.
The officers cut the seatbelt, pulled the man from the rig and took him into protective custody. The man was conscious and talking with the officers who found him.
The man was subsequently transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
Because of the nature of the incident the man’s identity is not being released and no charges are expected.