(Fond du Lac) Area law enforcement officers are highlighting resources for those needing mental health support following an incident on Tuesday. Fond du Lac County sheriff’s deputies were notified around 2:19pm that a homeless Fox Valley area veteran was actively in mental health crises.
The man was located in a parking lot near the Eldorado Marsh. He was armed with both a revolver and rifle, and was contemplating suicide. After an hour of communicating with dispatchers and an in-house crises social worker over the phone, the individual exited his vehicle and surrendered to law enforcement without incident.
Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says he was able to meet with the crises social worker on scene and is receiving the medical and other assistance he needs. Waldschmidt adds that he is not facing any criminal charges. Authorities remind the public that help is available.
The US Department of Veteran Affairs maintains a 24/7 crisis line for veterans which can be accessed by simply dialing 988. Dodge County’s crises line is 920-386-4094, or 888-552-6642 after hours. Authorities note, as was the case in the Fond du Lac County incident, 911 can be dialed and resources deployed to help anyone struggling and in crises.