Two Grants Pass men awarded for stopping knife attack

The Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety gave both a 'Certificate of Appreciation.'

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 11:13 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two local men received an award Monday morning from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety for helping to stop an apparent knife attack earlier this month.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) says that Tyler Reinhardt and Brian Forsythe each received the "Certificate of Appreciation" for their quick actions on October 2.

According to the agency, both men saw a disturbance in the parking lot of a business on Union Avenue. A 911 call came in reporting that a woman was chasing a man with a knife.

Before police officers could get out to the "chaotic and dangerous scene," Reinhardt and Forsythe jumped in. They were able to wrest the knife away from the woman and keep her detained until officers arrived.

"Their efforts helped prevent grave harm to the other person in the disturbance and possibly to the female herself," GPDPS said. "For that intervention, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety wanted to acknowledge their contribution to keeping the situation safe."

GPDPS said that it does not recommend that people intervene in potentially dangerous situations like this. Instead, you should call 911 and wait for trained personnel to arrive.

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