Hoquiam police and Crimewatch volunteers foiled an apparent suicide attempt on Nov. 12.
At about 10:43 a.m. a man came into the Hoquiam Police Department lobby and told Police Services Officers he was thinking of killing himself. The 49-year-old Hoquiam man then ran from the lobby and was last seen heading for the Simpson Avenue Bridge. The on-duty sergeant and patrol units were advised by radio of the incident.
There were two Crimewatch program volunteers on duty, Betsy Sidel and Bob Martin. They were close to the bridge and responded. Arriving before police units, the volunteers saw the man on the outside of the railing at the top of the bridge. They were able to direct traffic and open the left hand lane giving police units access to the bridge and man.
Officer High, of the Hoquiam Police Department, employed his crisis intervention training as he inched close to the man before finally grabbing ahold of him and bringing him back over to the rail. The man fought with Officer High and struck him once in the face. Officer High was not injured and was able to get the man into the back of the patrol car and take him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.