On Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 7:08PM, the Greenfield Dispatch Center received a call from a male party who said that he was about to be hit by a train. The caller said, "Goodbye," and then suddenly disconnected the call. The dispatcher who took the call, Dispatcher Sara Guidaboni, could hear the train horn blowing in the background.
Officers were immediately dispatched to check all railroad tr...ack areas in town. A short time later officers located a male party on the railroad bridge directly above River Street. He was sitting on the edge of the bridge over the street, making repeated threats that he was going to jump. Officers Scott West, Justin Purinton, and Detective Todd Clark went up on to the bridge to talk with the male. Officer Chad Sumner and Sergeant Mark Williams secured River Street below. The Greenfield Fire Deparment also responded to assist.
Officers attempted to convince the male party to get away from the edge of the bridge. At his request, the police allowed a friend of his to come to the scene. This friend was instrumental in ultimately convincing the male to walk safely off of the bridge with the officers. The male party was then transported to the emergency room at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center for further evaluation.
The Greenfield Police would like to thank Ed Macewicz from Byrne Towing for his assistance in blocking traffic at River and Laurel Streets during the incident.
The Greenfield Police commend the work of Dispatchers Sara Guidaboni and Mark Lavin in this incident. Their efforts were instrumental in helping officers locate the subject quickly and secure the additional resources they needed. We are fortunate to work with such a great team of professional dispatchers every day who work to keep us all safe.