Man requests one last thing before taking his own life


A man from Maine had one final request before committing suicide. In a 911 call made prior taking his own life, he urged authorities to “hurry up” because he is an organ donor.

The man, a resident of Skowhegan, whose name has not been released, called the emergency number just before 7 p.m. on Sunday. Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam said the man told an operator that “there would be a body” found soon at the intersection of Back and Glenview Roads.

“When the dispatcher tried to get more information, the caller simply said, ‘Tell them that they need to hurry up because I’m an organ donor,’” Bucknam reported Monday. “And then, he hung up the phone.”

The victim’s body was later discovered by a responding officer and he was, apparently, in his 40s. Authorities say the man had a gunshot wound and that a 9-mm handgun was found on the ground next to him.

First aid was initially performed on the still breathing victim, but he could not be saved.

Bucknam, a 15-year vet, said it is rare to see a suicide victim so concerned about organ preservation.

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