Deputy Pulls Suicidal Man off Bridge
On June 20, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Deputy Ryan Murphy was dispatched to the Community Gardens trailer park on the well-being check of John Doe. The caller was John Doe’s mother. She stated that her son had sent her a text message that concerned her due to his mental health history and prior admissions to OSU Harding Hospital. While en route to the trailer park, the Communications Center aired a possible suicidal male sitting on the Lambert Road bridge over I-71. Radio advised they had received several calls on the male. Because the proximity of the trailer park was only a few miles from the bridge, Deputy Murphy checked Lambert Road first suspecting that the suicidal male may be John Doe. Upon his arrival, he observed a white male sitting on top of the bridge abutment with his back to I-71. Deputy Murphy began engaging him in conversation. He stated that his life was a mess, wasn’t worth living and that he hasn’t been able to see his daughter and referenced the fact that it was Father’s Day. It was apparent as he continued to speak that he was contemplating suicide by jumping off the bridge. As he continued talking, he began looking down as if sobbing. Deputy Murphy realized this as an opportunity, and grabbed and pulled him off the bridge abutment to safety. He was transported to OSU for a mental health evaluation. His car was found parked in the vicinity. An inventory impound of the vehicle revealed multiple suicide notes addressed to family members and friends.
The quick actions of Deputy Murphy no doubt saved a life that morning.