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Mesa officer prevents boy's suicide

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Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:27 pm | Updated: 2:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The quick actions of a Mesa police officer helped save the life of a 17-year-old boy who attempted suicide early Wednesday.

While conducting a routine patrol about 2 a.m., officer Shawn Freeman discovered the boy lying face down in a grass-filled retention basin at the rear of a parking lot in the 3300 block of East McClellan Road.

The boy was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth, according to police. When Freeman made contact with the boy, he immediately recognized that the boy needed medical attention and requested it for him, police said.

It was clear that the boy had attempted suicide by a drug overdose, police said.

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