Officer Brian Patenaude and Officer Ryan Stone 

In the early morning hours in September of 2016, officers were dispatched to 6th Avenue and Madison Street. Officers Brian Patenaude and Ryan Stone were the first to arrive on scene. They found a male subject on the wrong side of the guardrail on the I-5 overpass, sitting on a 6-inch-wide concrete sliver. His arm, wrapped around the guardrail, was his only means of anchoring himself.

Officers cautiously approached as the man stared down at the freeway 75-feet below. Officer Stone asked if he and his partner could approach to start a dialogue and the man nodded in the affirmative. Suddenly, the man released his grip and began to fall. Officers quickly grabbed hold of the man and maneuvered him over the railing to the sidewalk.

Someone who has decided to commit suicide by jumping from a height like this presents one of the most dangerous and emotionally taxing events a police officer can experience. Officers Patenaude and Stone are being commended for their quick action to save this man’s life under difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Nominated by: Sergeant Rick Bourns

Lifesaving Awards are awarded to sworn or civilian employees for acting in a significant manner, but not necessarily putting themselves in significant risk, to save or prolong another’s life, either by acting when the life of another was in immediate peril or assisting in the delivery of a child. Nominees must have acted within department policy.