East Portland

Officers grab man who tried to jump from Portland overpass

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two police officers snatched a man back from the brink as he was attempting to jump off a freeway overpass on Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Portland.

Officers Tyrone Willard arrived at the overpass at NE Glisan Street overpass atop I-205 and saw a 61-year-old man standing outside the bridge railing.

Willard saw a woman pleading with the man not to jump, and tried to talk to the man himself. As he did so, the man let go of the railing and began falling toward the freeway, a police bureau spokesman said.

Willard lunged out and grabbed the man’s arm. He called for help from officer William Johnson, who had just arrived. The two were able to pull the man to safety.

The woman was a passerby who was not acquainted with the man.

The man who jumped was sent to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, police urge you to please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, which is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., or call them at (503) 963-2575.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.