PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia State Troopers are trained to protect and serve and sometimes save lives. Cpl. C.J. Weekley, of the Parkersburg detachment, used the training he learned on the job and his instincts to prevent a suicide.

Weekley does not consider himself a hero. He said he was just doing his job last week when he got a call about a domestic disturbance at a home in Walker near Mineral Wells.

“We just knew it was a domestic situation. We didn’t know what was going on,” Weekley explained.

He pulled up in front of the house and walked up the front steps.

“[I] started to go in the front door and I heard everybody screaming. It was hard to tell what was going on on the other side,” said Weekley.

As soon has he stepped over the threshold he was met by several distraught family members.

“They came over to me and asked for help and led me to the back bedroom of the residence,” according to Weekley.

What he found was a man hanging by a belt from the wooden clothes rod in a closet. Weekley stressed he didn’t have time to think about what was going on. He knew 22-year-old Adam Miller was in serious distress. He was turning purple and going into convulsions.

“I didn’t think twice about it. I just reached straight for my knife and looking back on it, I didn’t put much thought into it. I just went right for him.”

Weekley cut Miller down from the rod and family members helped him move the nearly unconscious man to the bed where he began gasping for breath. That’s when the trooper learned Miller had physically attacked several family members before he went into the back bedroom.

Once another trooper arrived, Weekley said he was able convince Miller to get some help.

“I took him to [Camden Clark] Hospital to have him checked out because he said he was going to refuse any emergency personnel that came to the scene.”

Col. Jay Smithers stressed Weekley was able to establish a rapport with Miller.

“Cpl. Weekley relied upon his training and, as a result, a young man’s life was saved and his family is spared the agony of becoming yet another ‘survivor’ of someone who completed suicide,” said Smithers.

Weekley stressed he was only doing his job when he saved Miller’s life but he was glad he could help.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    Good job, sir! I've seen some of our troopers at work in delicate situations. Quite a few have excellent social skills. Many of them could charm the stripes off a Zebra. They can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on the situation.

  • Dobby Thrash

    I'm really proud of corporal Weekly. I had the privilege of being his Pastor for a few years. He is a fine young man, who had good training growing up, not only from the church, but also his parents. Glad he put his state patrolman training into effect and saved a life. I'm positive God is pleased with him, also

  • Mountainman

    Thank you, CPL Weekley, for helping to keep all of us safe.

  • mtmanstan

    Cpl. Weekley,
    Proud to know you Sir! Thank you for your service to our State. It is brave, Troopers like yourself that gives me the ability to say Montani Semper Liberi.

  • Mark Halburn

    Weekley is a hero and a humble man. We are blessed to have him serving Wet Virginia.

  • blugldmn

    Should have let the guy finish what he started.

    He'll just do more harm later and still end up in prison his whole life on our dime.

    • Jonus Grumby

      That's not what the police are trained to do. Wise up.

    • Andy

      You should finish what he started...

  • Tim D.

    Cpl. Weekley may not consider himself a hero (I appreciate his humility) but I certainly think of him as hero. Hopefully Adam Miller can get some help now thanks to "The Hero."

  • jay zoom

    thank god for all our STATE TROOPERS

  • Ken Hackworth

    Great job, Corporal!