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Local trooper's rescue of suicidal teen earns THP award

March 1st, 2013 1:43 pm by staff report

Local trooper's rescue of suicidal teen earns THP award

Trooper Nathan W. Hall

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Highway Patrol named Trooper Nathan W. Hall the 2012 Trooper of the Year at a special award ceremony held Thursday evening in Murfreesboro. Trooper Hall earned the honor after preventing a possible suicide attempt by a juvenile last December in Sullivan County.

Trooper Hall earned the Trooper of the Year honor after responding to an alleged suicide attempt by a 15-year old female in Sullivan County on December 16, 2012.

Hall responded to Interstate 26 near the Meadowview Convention Center following a request for assistance from the Kingsport Police Department. After searching the area for nearly one hour, Trooper Hall located the juvenile on a rock cliff approximately 60 – 70 feet high.

Hall scaled the cliff, along with Kingsport Police Officer Justin McConnell, while talking to the young female to keep her calm. Once he reached the juvenile, he handcuffed himself to her for her safety. With the help of the Kingsport Fire Department’s truck ladder, Trooper Hall then escorted the juvenile down to safety. Trooper Hall’s quick and decisive actions led to a safe conclusion.

"Trooper Hall is a great example of what is expected of a Tennessee State Trooper," said THP Col. Tracy Trott. "He’s professional, courageous, works hard and has a positive attitude. His actions on the night of December 16, 2012 were nothing short of heroic."

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