Deputies Save Suicidal Inmate (Photo)
MEDFORD, Ore. – Two Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies saved the life of an inmate who attempted suicide at the jail. Nobody was injured in the incident.
Sheriff Nathan Sickler says he is proud of deputies Cody Fuhrman and Steven Sagert, who acted quickly and calmly to help the inmate in crisis. “Deputies Fuhrman and Sagert used their training and instincts to respond immediately and to get help for the inmate,” he said.
On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 8:26 p.m., the 25-year-old male inmate was being escorted to a new cell when he dove head-first through a safety railing on the upper level. Deputy Fuhrman caught the inmate’s leg as he dangled over the edge. Deputy Sagert ran upstairs to help. The deputies were able to pull the inmate back to safety, despite the inmate’s active resistance.
A medical staff member witnessed the inmate dangling from the railing and attempted to assist from the level below. Following the incident, the inmate received medical and mental health treatment at the jail.
Deputies urge anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to seek help. If someone you know is a risk to themselves or others due to a mental illness, call the Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Line at (541) 774-8201.