Bensalem Township has commended an eighth grade student for helping to save the life of a suicidal friend.
Director of Public Safety Fred Harran recognized Caitlin Groves at the Bensalem Council meeting Monday. He retold the story to many supportive community members and local officials.
Groves, 13, was back to school on Jan. 2, 2020 after the winter holiday. In class, a friend approached her and expressed she was contemplating suicide. Groves noticed marks on her friend’s arm.
Later the same day, Groves noticed a worrying social media post from her friend and tried to contact her. When there was no answer, she called 911.
Emergency services found Groves’ friend still alive, despite an apparent attempted suicide with medication. EMS took her to the hospital for medical and mental health treatment.
Director of Public Safety Fred Harran said the young student is a model for Bensalem.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if it wasn’t for Caitlin taking action it would have been a whole different outcome,” said Harran. “If we could duplicate her I would be unemployed.”
The story traveled throughout Bensalem Council, the police, and the school district, according to Harran.
“We are so proud of you here in Bensalem.”
Groves told Council speakers at school discussing suicide prevention helped her work under pressure. While “nerve wracking,” she knew the situation was serious and required a fast response.
“I had to think quick or something bad would’ve happened.”
As a small reward, Harran presented Groves a gift bag from Chick-fil-A, filled with gift cards and other goodies. Groves celebrates her 14th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 16.