(UNION CITY, NJ) — On December 14, 2016 at approximately 1 PM, the Union City Police Department received information from a concerned citizen of a possible suicidal individual on the 3300 block of Palisade Avenue.

Police Officer, Alex Alvarado, responded to the location and was advised by the building manager that the individual was seen entering his apartment a short time earlier and never came back out. The officer knocked numerous times on the door and after getting no response the building manager used a key to open the door. Police Officer Alvarado attempted to open the door; however, the individual was blocking the door from opening. The officer subsequently managed to open the door wide enough to see the victim on the floor with a sheet around his neck. Police Officer Alvarado immediately cut the sheet, which was fashioned as a noose, from the victim’s neck and dispatched both Union City EMS and Advanced Life Support as the fifty year old victim was semi-conscious and was having difficulty breathing. The officer provided first aid care to the victim until the ambulance and paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center and listed in good condition.

“I commend Police Officer, Alex Alvarado, whose quick actions were instrumental in saving a man’s life,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family and I am hoping for a speedy recovery.”

Chief Richard Molinari offered additional accolades for Police Officer Alvarado. “Officer Alvarado should be applauded for his quick actions in handling the incident,” said Chief Molinari. “The Union City Police Department strives to provide professional and compassionate service to our residents and Officer Alvarado’s actions are an example of that goal achieved.”