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Haworth police officers save suicidal woman who tied bag around head after taking pills

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A suicidal Haworth woman tied a plastic bag around her head with duct tape after downing sleeping pills before police officers responding to her panicked father’s call rescued her before dawn this morning.

The father called police after finding his unconscious 24-year-old daughter in a hallway of their home and ripping the bag off her head around 3:30 a.m., Lt. Thomas Ryan told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Officers Thomas Reinecke and James Morgan arrived in less than a minute.

“She wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse,” Ryan said.

The officers began CPR and, after about two minutes, “she started to breath and became responsive,” he said.

The woman told them she’d taken a handful of Ambien because she “did not want to live another 90 years like this,” the lieutenant said.

She’d also left a handwritten suicide note, he said.

A Haworth Ambulance crew took the woman to Eglewood Hospital and Medical Center. An ALS unit from Hackensack University Medical Center also responded.

Four months ago, Reinecke and Morgan rescued a 22-year-old heroin user from a suicide attempt by using Narcan.

Ryan praised the “quick response and actions of these officers, who put their thorough training to use in rescuing a citizen in need.”

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