Deputy’s Skill, Patience, Compassion and Training Stop Man’s Jump Onto I-5 at South Everett

June 16, 2013

Police Blotter

The deputy remained calmly talking with the man who moved along the outside of the bridge

The deputy remained calmly talking with the man who moved along the outside of the bridge

The deputy spent more than an hour talking with the young man

The deputy spent more than an hour talking with the young man

The man is hanging onto the outside of the pedestrian overpass

The man is hanging onto the outside of the pedestrian overpass

The deputy helps the man back over the bridge and onto the walkway

The deputy helps the man back over the bridge and onto the walkway

Early Father’s Day morning both directions of Interstate 5 in south Everett were shut down as a young man climbed onto the outside of the pedestrian bridge over I-5 north of 128th. The incident happened shortly before 6:00am. Southbound I-5 traffic was diverted at Everett Mall Way and Northbound I-5 was diverted off 128th. Several dozen cars were stopped on southbound I-5 itself, unable to turn around as the incident played out. For more than an hour, a Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy listened to the young man who at times hung over the freeway with just 3 fingers. I was nearby and able to hear as the deputy calmly talked with the young man. Alternately distraught, angry and sad the man several times made threats to jump. The deputy calmly listened, speaking with the man and following him back and forth across the bridge. After more than an hour the man agreed to come off the bridge and as he did the deputy gently helped him back over the fence to the cheers of motorists who had been stopped on I-5 and were watching from below. No one was hurt, the young man was taken to get the proper help and motorists who were delayed were able to get back on their way. I was honored to shake the deputy’s hand who spent that time talking with the young man. Thanks and a Happy Father’s Day to that deputy and all of the other deputies, police, troopers and firefighters who made this story have a positive outcome.

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8 Responses to “Deputy’s Skill, Patience, Compassion and Training Stop Man’s Jump Onto I-5 at South Everett”

  1. shyanna Says:

    Actually I’m his niece and I was talking to my Uncle (the man on the bridge ) and I convinced him to get off not the deputy….. but I’m happy the deputy was there to help him down ….

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    • Bud Says:

      Okay Shyanna. Maybe cops shouldn’t even respond to the jumper calls because all you nieces have it under control until they “need help down”. Way to poo-poo a nice story where obviously the author heard dialogue and thought maybe the Deputy had something to do with it.

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      • MeMa Says:

        Hi Bud, You totally got it wrong! I am offended that you would speak to the “young” and obviously upset niece of the jumper. Who was just a young man calling out for help! The “niece” is barely a teen herself, 15 and this was very upsetting to her. I have no doubt the Deputy did play a “major” part in this story and I will be forever thankful. You do not know what the phone conversations were between the jumper “uncle” and the niece which were very long and emotional calls. I take it you are an adult and most likely you have never had to experience as a child anything like this. If my granddaughter offended you or the deputy in anyway, it was surely not intentional.

        All “you nieces” do not have a relationship with their uncles like Shy and her uncle has. He was the one who reached out to her in the early morning hours, his niece and his brother. I think the uncle hearing her voice and pleas did help make a difference. I think you should not be so quick to judge and maybe try to read between the lines a bit before writing something so hurtful as you did. You are responding to a very young teenager who just experienced something very scary! Something most adults have never had to experience, thank goodness.

        I am taking “NOTHING” away from the Deputies, Snohomish County has some of the best Deputies in the County…. I give my Kudos to them everyday they get up and put on their uniforms… I just think we should give a bit of room for the “nieces” in the world who love their “uncles”…..

      • Anonymous Says:

        Very well stated. I was put off as well. The important issue is that a collaborative TEAM of people were successful in helping prevent a tragedy…no need to take “dibs”.

    • Anonymous Says:

      i didnt mean it like that i missed spelled what i worte i maent to say that i was proud of the deputy to be there becuase if it wasnt for him he wouldnt have been able to get off … im so happy that the deputy was so cailm and convinecd him to get down… im vary sorry for typing that last comment .. i didnt mean it that way.. sorry.. thank u

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      • Anonymous Says:

        I think the direction of your chastising is misdirected MeMa. I was only pointing out the obvious and if it’s not obvious to a 15 year old, she’s got some learning to do (your job). A simple “thank you Deputies” would have been fine and she should’ve moved along to mend fences where they need mending.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    My “very well stated” compliment is for Bud’s response…just want to make that clear. Mema should be teaching her granddaughter to be grateful & not have the attitude of “me, me, me” INSTEAD of defending….no need…just say thank you & move past this:)

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