Saturday, May 12, 2012
Cascade Locks Acting on a tip from Portland Police Department dispatch, deputies from the Hood River and Skamania sheriff’s departments joined forces to prevent a man from jumping off of the Bridge of the Gods on May 8 at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Deputy Rick Princehouse of Hood River Sheriff’s Office was joined by Sgt. Jay Johnston of Skamania in responding to the area of the 140-foot-high bridge in Cascade Locks where they waited for the distraught male’s vehicle, described in the phone tip.
“We were notified by PPD that a man was intending to jump off of the bridge and we were given a description of the vehicle,” said Det. Matt English, public information officer for HRCSO.
Close to 9:30 a.m. the suicidal man’s vehicle was spotted heading toward the Washington side of the river. Princehouse attempted use his overhead lights to initiate a vehicle stop, but the man continued unabated.
Reaching the center of the bridge, the subject then stopped and made a dash to the east side of the bridge, attempting to jump over the railing. Sgt Johnston then outpaced him, grabbed him and pulled him back to the vehicle, where Princehouse and Johnston took him into protective custody.
“Sgt. Johnston and Deputy Princehouse did an outstanding job this morning,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Bond of the Skamania Sheriff’s Department. “Their quick actions prevented a man from taking his own life, and started the process for him to get access to the resources he needs to assist him in the future.”
The subject was transported to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation and intervention.
Dramatic video of the rescue was captured on Sgt. Johnston’s dash camera and may be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj5XtAFN1cQ.
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