PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Specialty Function Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Bridge Workers Thwart Suicide Attempt

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Two bridge mechanics in Portland, OR, are being credited with saving a young man’s life when they prevented him from jumping off a bridge.

The 22-year-old was about the jump off the Hawthorne Bridge late Wednesday (May 7) morning, when Leo Sandoval and Buel Dees pulled him from the edge until help could arrive, reported local news outlet KGW.com.

Sandoval and Dees, bridge mechanics for Multnomah County, were about to strengthen the railings on the 1,383-foot-long bridge when they noticed that a man was attempting to jump off.

Hawthorne Bridge
Screengrab of KGW.com reader submitted photo

"I grabbed him, held him, tucked him tight to me to hold him from going over," one of the bridge mechanics told KGW.com.

The bridge crosses the Willamette River, sitting 49 feet over the water at its center when the river is at its low level.

Saving a Stranger

"I grabbed him, held him, tucked him tight to me to hold him from going over," Sandoval told the news station.

Like many news media, the station's policy is not to report on suicide attempts, but "the lengths these two men went to to save a stranger is a story that needed to be told," news anchor Laural Porter said.

Dees said, "When I saw that Leo was struggling with him, and the guy was intent on going over, I grabbed the other side of him to hold him down."

"I don't know the true definition of a hero. But I'm just a normal citizen willing to help someone."

Sandoval and Dees told KGW.com that a third, unidentified man also stepped in to help.

Multnomah County
Multnomah County

The Hawthorne Bridge sits 49 feet high over the WIllamette RIver at its center.

The Hawthorne Bridge was originally constructed in 1910 and is the oldest operating vertical lift bridge in the U.S., according to Multnomah County's website.

Oregon Prevention Efforts

As part of its efforts to prevent suicide, the Portland Police Bureau produced a video in 2013 that starts from the point of view of a person who has jumped off the Hawthorne Bridge and is under water. The video then reverses the jumper's actions, where the person is back at home and instead considers calling a suicide hotline.

According to the police department, Oregon's suicide rate is among the highest in the country, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 15 to 34.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health and safety

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


RPB Respiratory
AN INSTANTLY CLEAN VISOR? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

With RPB Safety’s new Nova 3 Cassette Lens System which has been specifically designed to save you time and money! See the benefits for yourself now!


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead
standards.


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Enduroguard -
The Tough Cable
for a Tough Industry.

Reduce maintenance costs and down time, increase job site safety with Enduroguard Cable. Available exclusively from SAFE Systems. UL listed, flexible, abrasion resistant and cut resistant.


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Thermion Inc
Buy Back Program

We are offering $5,000
credit for your old Model
This drive system is
being discontinued by
the manufacturer.
More information at
thermioninc.com
877.884.3428


Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).
www.wassercoatings.com


Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
Portable Power from Absolute Equipment

•Compressors
•Lighting Systems
•Generators
•Light Compaction
Sales • Rental • Service
Call 1-866-931-6655
Over a century of
providing excellence.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com