Stephenville Police Officer Jeremy Lanier and Sgt. Orlando Gaitan were presented with Life Saving awards at Tuesday’s Stephenville City Council meeting for heroic actions they took back in March.
“At approximately 1:40 a.m. on March 23, 2017, Officer Lanier and Sergeant Gaitan responded to the report of a man on the side of the South Loop bridge in Stephenville,” states a release from SPD. “Upon arrival they discovered a man with one leg over the rail of the bridge who was intent on taking his own life.”
The two stepped in quick and took action to save the man’s life.
“By working together, Officer Lanier was able to approach the subject from behind while Sergeant Gaitan spoke to him,” states the release. “Just prior to jumping, Officer Lanier was able to grab the man and pull him back over the railing to safety. By their prompt actions and humanitarian regard for their fellow man, Officer Lanier and Sergeant Gaitan reflected great credit upon themselves and the Stephenville Police Department.”
Lanier and Gaitan were presented medals by Stephenville Police Chief Jason King and Mayor Kenny Weldon.
“We are extremely thankful and very proud of these two outstanding officers and their service to our community,” Weldon wrote in a statement to the E-T Wednesday. “Their actions demonstrate the professionalism, dedication, and bravery of the men and women in our police department. They are there for us 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.”