Lubbock Police honor Sergeant for saving man's life

Lubbock Police honor Sergeant for saving man's life

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock Police Department's hostage negotiation team regularly deals with people at their worst and every day on the job is different. 

Since February 2000, Sergeant Timothy Seeley had helped countless people across our city.

"You could be going to a barking dog complaint one call," Seeley said. "15, 20 minutes later, you could be going to where somebody has been shot or stabbed and trying to help that person." 

On October 5, he did more than just help.

"A subject was on top of the 2520 parking garage, and threatened to jump," Seeley said. Standing on a ledge, for 40 minutes, Seeley negotiated with a suicidal man.

"I just kept trying to talk to him and find out what brought him to that situation," Seeley said. "Of course, the ultimate goal, fortunately, was for him to come down."

After convincing him not to jump, Seeley personally walked him to safety.

"It's an honor to get recognized for helping a person like this in crisis," Seeley said. "But I think every single person on the department or any first responder, would've done the same thing." 

The vote was unanimous and Seeley was awarded LPD's life saving award.

"Hero gets said quite a bit when it comes to first responders when they do stuff," Seeley said "I don't consider myself a hero in this situation. I was fortunate enough to be put in a situation to help a person and I helped them." 

He remained humble, but recognized the dangers that comes with his job. He said his goal everyday is to make sure all of the officers under his shift make it home safe to their families.

"At any given point, an officer can pay the ultimate sacrifice in this job, then not be able to return home to their family."

Seeley said it helps knowing the public appreciates the hard work put in.

"We do get approached by the public that will come back and thank you for what you did," Seeley said. "Whether it be three weeks ago, a year ago, five years ago. There is a lot of the public that is appreciative for the situations that we get put in and being able to help people." 

Seeley said he is thankful the man from October got the help he needed.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, the local suicide prevention hotline can be reached at 806.740-1414.

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