By Dick Lindsay
Berkshire Eagle Staff
DALTON, Mass. — Officer Richard Nicholas Jr. has often dealt with people in mental distress.
The 29-year veteran of the Dalton Police Department and fellow officer Michael Martin once prevented a suicide attempt by spending 15 minutes talking down a man from a bridge over the Housatonic River. Their actions on Nov. 17, 1998, earned them a local commendation and a citation from then-Gov. Paul Cellucci.
Cops learn to handle suspects in mental distress