On Wednesday morning, November 13, at about 10:30am Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a young suicidal male thought to be in the Yachats area. The young man had reached a friend in Maryland stating he had self-inflicted lacerations to his neck. Law enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland provided a description of the male’s vehicle and were making efforts to determine the male’s cell phone location.
Deputy Zack Akin quickly responded to Yachats and was able to locate the vehicle prior to the subject’s phone “ping” results. The vehicle was parked in a corner of Yachats State Park and inside the vehicle he found the man bleeding heavily from his neck and left arm. He had lost a large amount of blood and was lethargic. Deputy Akin, who maintains his paramedic certification in addition to his law enforcement certifications, immediately secured the nearby knife and administered first aid while requesting emergency ambulance response. Deputy Akin was able to apply a tourniquet to the man’s left arm. Tourniquets, along with other life-saving tools and training, are provided to Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies for medical emergencies just like this one.
Yachats Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and quickly transported the man to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. Upon arrival at PCH, the man was confirmed to be in critical condition.
Yachats Fire and Rescue submitted a written commendation citing Deputy Akin as acting swiftly and assisting by providing advanced medical aid in a very serious situation.
The Oregon State Police arrived and assisted with the rescue.