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Distraught man standing on bridge railing talked down by LC Sheriff’s Deputies

Depoe Bay Bridge
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 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the report of a possible suicidal person standing on the ledge of the Depoe Bay Bridge.  Deputies Jason Spano and Garrett Brawdy arrived within minutes of the call and found a young adult male standing on the West side concrete railing of the bridge. Deputies immediately began a dialogue with the subject while Depoe Bay Fire and United States Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay were put on standby. Troopers with the Oregon State Police and responding deputies shut down traffic on highway 101 at both ends of the bridge. After approximately 11 minutes the male subject agreed to step down off the railing and continue a conversation with deputies.

At approximately 11:14 PM the male agreed to be taken to the North Lincoln Hospital by Deputies Spano and Brawdy for further evaluation. The male was transported without further incident.

CIT is specialized training in recognizing and understanding how to deal with citizens going through a mental health crisis. In 2017 Sheriff Curtis Landers determined CIT to be so important he made it mandatory for all certified personnel with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to attend knowing the training would benefit the citizens we serve.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know the Crisis and Information Hotline can be called 24 hours a day at 1-866-266-0288 if they need help or know of someone in crisis.

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