Deputy Shares Story of Saving Suicidal Inmate From Jumping Off Railing

Two deputies at the Jackson County Jail are being credited for saving the life of an inmate who tried to commit suicide last week.

Posted: May 18, 2018 10:05 PM
Updated: May 18, 2018 11:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.--A deputy is sharing his story after he and another deputy saved a suicidal inmate's life last week.
Deputy Cody Fuhrman was one of the deputies responsible for saving the inmate.
The man tried to dive-head first through a railing on the third-story at the Jackson County Jail.
Cody Fuhrman says, "Normal day at work, going about business, one of the inmates said he was going to harm himself, he had stopped taking his medications."
Deputy Fuhrman says he began to take the inmate to a new cell, so they could keep a close eye on him and make sure he wasn't trying to hurt himself.
Cody Fuhrman says, "Walking through the cell block about three stories up. He decided he wanted to try and head dive through a rail, face first, saw him do it grabbed a leg quickly thankfully."
Saving the inmate from a 20-foot fall.
Deputy Fuhrman says he was able to catch the inmate but couldn't pull him up without help.
Cody Fuhrman says, "Deputy Sagert was super close, I only had to hold the weight for 30-40 seconds, luckily there was someone close to help pull him back."
Since the incident, the deputy has been able to watch his life-saving grab back on surveillance video.
Cody Fuhrman says, “There was no real forewarning he was going to go it, he didn't throw his stuff across the room or throw a fit, it was going smooth and in the blink of an eye he was going over a rail."
He says his training helped his instincts kick in

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.

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