RCMP and motorist help save man in crisis on Kicking Horse Bridge

Man on bridge saved

Golden RCMP is applauding the work of one of their own on Bell Let's Talk day.

This week, a Golden RCMP officer helped save a man in crisis on the Trans Canada Highway near the Kicking Horse Rest area. Mounties received a report of a man who appeared lost walking eastbound on Highway 1 earlier this week.

Officers began searching for the man and he was located seated on the railing of the Kicking Horse Bridge. When he was approached, the man threatened to jump. The officer immediately kept his distance but began to engage the man in order to de-escalate the situation.

The officer continued to approach with caution but when the man swung his leg over the railing the officer was close enough to grab him by the jacket. When the jacket buttons popped off and the man began to slip the officer managed to grab him under the arms and pull him to safety.

The man in crisis continued to struggle until a passerby stopped to help the officer until another officer arrived to help. The man in crisis was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital for assessment.

“We would like to recognize the actions of our officer and the motorist that stopped to assist our officer but we also want people to know that if you are in crisis, that there are resources available to assist you, including the police. If you need help, please call us,” states Cpl. Mike Wilson of the Golden RCMP.

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