The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a possible suicidal person standing on the ledge of the Depoe Bay Bridge at around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
Deputies Jason Spano and Garrett Brawdy arrived within minutes of the call and found a young adult male standing on the west side railing of the bridge. They immediately began talking with the person while Depoe Bay Fire and U.S. 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 around 11 minutes, the man agreed to step down off the railing and continue a conversation with deputies.
At about 11:15 p.m., the man agreed to be taken by the deputies to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, and he was transported without further incident.
The two deputies are trained as crisis negotiators with the Lincoln County Crisis Negotiations Team. In addition to this training, both deputies have had an additional 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which is specialized training in recognizing and understanding how to deal with people going through a mental health crisis. In 2017, Sheriff Curtis Landers determined CIT to be so important that he made it mandatory for all certified personnel with the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office wants 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.