Davis County K9 Deputy Cameron Turley reacted quickly when he arrived on the scene in Farmington in early June. A young man was sitting on an overpass contemplating suicide, “I could just see the tears coming from his eyes,” said Dep. Turley. “I was just thinking, please don’t jump, please don’t jump, please don’t jump, the whole time.”
“I brought up my dog and how I’m a K9 Officer, and just to get him thinking, ‘oh this officer has a dog,’ and that takes his mind off [things] even for a split second of the act that he is trying to commit,” said Dep. Turley.
That split second allowed Trooper Jared Rodriguez to move in.
The deputy, officer, and trooper hope the young man gets the help he needs, as well as the countless others who may be having suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah: namiut.org
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