Man called 9-1-1 before killing self

The Norwalk man who committed suicide Monday morning at Jaycees Park called 9-1-1 before shooting himself with a handgun. William I. Garman, 44, of 127 Benedict Ave., used his cell phone to make the call that got routed to the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

The Norwalk man who committed suicide Monday morning at Jaycees Park called 9-1-1 before shooting himself with a handgun.

William I. Garman, 44, of 127 Benedict Ave., used his cell phone to make the call that got routed to the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said.

"He called it in before he did it," the chief added.

Sheriff's dispatchers transferred Garman's call to Norwalk at 8:19 a.m. Officer Chris Hipp arrived at the Pleasant Street park three minutes later, with Officer Larry Noftz getting there seconds behind him.

Police found the victim on the ground with a firearm nearby.

Garman's wife told a detective there had been some financial strain, Cashen said. There was no further information on a possible motive for the man committing suicide.

There was no telephone listing that matched Garman's address.

Cashen explained the importance of notifying the public about the suicide.

"Normally we don't discuss suicides. However, this occurred in a public park in a school zone when students were arriving for school," the chief said. "I believe it was important to inform the public that it was a suicide and that our school environment was secure and safe."

Pleasant Elementary School, which is adjacent to Jaycees Park, was locked down for about 30 minutes as a precautionary measure, so that officials could determine the students weren't in any danger.

Cashen said Garman's suicide was the only public one he could recall in his time with the police force.

"Most of them are in private residences," he added.

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Sad is a comedi...

My child told me that the individual had shot himself with a gun, which is why the school was locked down.

When the school is locked down no one can (students, parents and staff) go in or out. Would you like your kid to be locked out with no place to go in a potentially dangerous situation...I would hope you would want all students to get in and accounted for.

YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION NOT TO BUY AND/OR READ THE NEWS! Just in case you didn't know.

Sad News (Anonymous)

As far as letting the public be aware of the incident at the Park I can understand that it should only be done to set the record straight of the incident because word spreads fast in this town and usually 9 times out of 10 it is incorrect). My child attends Pleasant Street School and when the event was retold by my child to myself after school, it was not correct. My child said that a man was murdered at the Park and that a fellow student had told this to a bunch of kids. My question is if this incident happened at 8:22 am, why did it take till 9:10 am for the school to be locked down?? Also as far as respecting the family, I think it should be a LAW that you never publish personal details!! I had a good friend who commited suicide several years back and "this paper" made a very distasteful, graphic, front page article about the scene and even went as low as to mention that my friend had in prior years stolen property,as if that was anyones business YEARS later and had nothing to do with his death. His suicied was on private property but it wasn't respected in the press, I guesss it just matters who you are in this town as to what kind of press will be published about you. My heart goes out to this grieving family,and maybe out of common sence,respect and deciency before publishing such fragile information, one should ask themselves would I want information like this to be published about myself or one of my family members. Report the NEWS not GOSSIP or private, personal details that are none of anyones nosey business! ! We DO NOT need a "Norwalk Inquirer"!!

Suicide (Anonymous)

i agree that the public should be notified to a degree, as for all the other personal info (financial stain) should be left to th family. My father commited suicide may years ago and it was hard to deal with, with out people and the news reporting all the details of his personal life,,let it be i feel for the family and know how it feels when everyone is talking ahout "why" they did it (commited suicide). just report the facts and keep the personal to the family, god be with you

wizardess (Anon...

You are right about the children of Pleasant Street school. My little granddaughter goes there. The first thing out of her when we met last night was, "Grandma, there was suicide in the park when I was on my way to school this morning." She fails to understand it and was very taken back that an individual would take their own life. And, how do we explain the reason for this to them?

very upset (Ano...

ok so here I go. I understand that the paper needs to let the people know cleary that it was a suicide. BUT however as for them to tell who he was is very uncalled for. This is a very hard thing to deal with for the family. I know I have been threw it. And you know what, do u really think it is fair to the children that they have to read this in the paper and hear about it from everyone. Does anyone ever think about these pour children, or his wife for that matter. This is the hardest thing they will ever go threw and guess what the who town gets to know all about it. Yes HE decided to make it public not his family. And for the matter of everyone talkin about why he would do it at the park. Did anyone ever think that he was a very sick man. I dont think anyone who was thinking clearly has ever killed them self. I really dont think this man was thinking about the school or who would find him. I beleive he was trying to save his family the absolute worst by finding him. I think everyone needs to stop being negitive and let this family morn the loss of their loved one.

johncock (Anonymous)

YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION NOT TO BUY AND/OR READ THE NEWS! Just in case you didn't know. "

This is an option. One that certainly reinforces continued editorial lapses in judgement. Ignoring or swallowing bad information generally saves the day.
Or, you could attempt to hold them accountable for the information they chose to disseminate to the public.

Agree with Sad ...

You are right about depending on who you are in this town. It is pathetic how if you have a certain name in this town, you are recognized or not, and that goes all the way through the schools too! Shame on this town for not giving kids a chance because of their last name, or giving other kids too many chances because of their last name!!

Lucy (Anonymous)

Why does everyone want to blame the Reflector for reporting the news? Sorry people, but news isn't always pretty. Yes, it is a sad time for this man's family, but sometimes people do things that warrant reporting. A man taking his own life in a public park where little children are walking to school was nothing but selfish and cowardly. That is something I am sure more than less Norwalkians want to know about. He was putting all those children at risk! Innocent Norwalk children. Can you see why we would want to know about this?

frizzlefry (Ano...

To quote Lucy: " Why does everyone want to blame the Reflector for reporting the news? Sorry people, but news isn't always pretty."...... It would be my opinon that the Reflector is not being criticized for the reporting of the suicide. Suicide is a leading cause of death, substantially more prevalent than homicide. About 30,000 people kill themselves in this country yearly and half a million more wind up in the emergency room following a suicide attempt. Does media coverage of suicide reflect these realities? Generally not. Suicide experts generally agree that it's not a question of whether media should cover suicide, but how we do so. Gauging from the news, it would be easy to conclude that suicide is rare, rather than a widespread and ongoing public health problem.The media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention. Over 90 percent of suicide victims have a significant psychiatric illness at the time of their death. These are often undiagnosed, untreated, or both. Mood disorders and substance abuse are the two most common. Stories about suicide can inform readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, and recent treatment advances. They can also highlight opportunities to prevent suicide. Media stories about individual deaths by suicide may be newsworthy and need to be covered, but they also have the potential to do harm. The Reflector was correct in reporting the story. Yet, thus far, the Reflector has failed to sieze any opportunities to educate or enlighten it's readership with respect to sucide. On the other hand, the Reflector did chose to name the victim, and list the victims address. And address the houses a wife and several children. All of which were most likely as shocked by this as the rest of the community. For that, the Reflector and its editor deserve an infinite amount of criticism. The story as it ran, would have been adequate without a name, address, and alleged financial motive.

anonymous (Anon...

If I were going to start my own newspaper, I would make two every day. The good news edition and the bad news. The bad news would sell more so I would have to charge double BAD NEWS 50 cents and the GOOD NEWS 25 cents. There has to be somebody out there that just wants to read good news in the morning.