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Police, First Responders Warned About Dangers of 'Detergent Suicides'

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

August 03, 2010

NEW YORK – Police across the city have been warned that “detergent suicides” – which use household cleaners to create poisonous gas – can also kill cops and other first responders, the Daily News has learned.

A recent internal order says people who kill themselves in this way often post warning signs, such as “Hydrogen Sulfide Suicide,” so relatives and cops know to take precautions before entering the area.

Without a warning, entering the scene could have deadly results for an unsuspecting officer.

The deadly concoction produces hydrogen sulfide, a colorless flammable compound that smells like rotten eggs. It paralyzes the nervous system and kills in only a few breaths.

The lethal brew also caught the eye of the NYPD’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, sources said. The team determined the chemical technique could be used as a weapon to kill officers and other emergency personnel in a confined area, such as a subway car.

The NYPD said there’s been one detergent suicide in the city. In February, Tyler Ramaker, 24, of Queens, killed himself in his bathtub.

His father, who had not heard from his son in a week, went to his home and found the bathroom sealed with plastic and posted with warning signs. He took the warnings seriously and called cops, preventing anyone else from being harmed.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention asks anyone needing help to call its suicide prevention lifeline at (800) 273-TALK.


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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11190 Comments

    Folks, make sure everyone you know hears about this !!

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    rafaelmorales

    almost 4 years ago

    2994 Comments

    GO BLESS ALL OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE. THROUGH OUT

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    The H2S is used in Japan quite commonly for suicides. I am sorry it is moving to our shores.

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    AcademyCadet

    almost 4 years ago

    322 Comments

    Good info pass it on could save a fellow LEOS life

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    cgregor12

    almost 4 years ago

    3026 Comments

    Never would of known that without a sign posted. Great information

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    eisenschenk117

    almost 4 years ago

    216 Comments

    I agree, good bit of info.

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    mkiprotection

    almost 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    Good info!

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    g45

    almost 4 years ago

    172 Comments

    We just had a training bulletin on this. The bulletin noted there are websites informing interested parties how to mix and use the H2S. Apparently, they do recommend posting warning signs prior to inhalation.

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    Porkchop

    almost 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    Good information indeed. Also a reminder to never become complacent in your job. That what gets guys hurt and killed.

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Good information to pass on.

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