A man reported missing and possibly suicidal is alive after being rescued by three Howell Township police officers who found him hanging from a tree in woods near an elementary school, according to authorities.

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Officers Richard Robertiello, Nicholas Austin and Daniel Bozza found the 21-year-old man's vehicle around 9 p.m. on October 16 and searched the area near Aldrich School.

The officers found the man unconscious and hanging with a rope around his neck, police said. After cutting him free, they performed first aid until he regained consciousness. The man was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick praised the response of the officers and efforts of the telecommunicators involved.

“The quick and decisive actions by our patrol officers as well as the telecommunicators who coordinated the response are directly responsible for saving this young man’s life. Any delay or misstep during that call would have resulted in an opposite and sad ending," said Kudrick.