Officer who interrupted twins’ suicide attempt to receive lifesaving award

Shawnee Police Officer Nick Shurmantine talks about finding twin brothers, possibly minutes from death, trying to commit suicide on their birthday by funneling carbon monoxide into their car. Shurmantine, who came across the car Tuesday night, said he was glad he interrupted the men's suicide attempt but that he wished he knew more about what drove them to make the decision.

Shawnee Police Officer Nick Shurmantine talks about finding twin brothers, possibly minutes from death, trying to commit suicide on their birthday by funneling carbon monoxide into their car. Shurmantine, who came across the car Tuesday night, said he was glad he interrupted the men's suicide attempt but that he wished he knew more about what drove them to make the decision. by Sara Shepherd

The Sons of the American Revolution wants to honor a Shawnee police officer who interrupted twins attempting suicide on their birthday, the Shawnee Police Department announced.

The organization plans to present Officer Nick Shurmantine with a lifesaving award during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Shawnee Police Department, 5850 Renner Road.

Shurmantine, a three-year veteran of the police department, was nearing the end of his shift Dec. 13 when he decided to make one last pass through a neighborhood where copper thieves have been targeting partially constructed homes. About 9:15 p.m. he spotted a car, running, in the driveway of an unfinished home in the 6100 block of Clear Creek Parkway.

A hose taped to the exhaust pipe had been threaded into the front window, and the men were sitting in the front seat. Shurmantine opened the doors and shook and yelled at the men, who regained consciousness before being taken to a hospital by ambulance.

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