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[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies saved the life of a Santa Clarita man in psychological distress near the edge of a cliff Wednesday, Sheriff’s Station officials said.

Deputies were contacted around 10 a.m. regarding a man who was possibly suicidal, said Lt. Rush, who was watch commander at the station during part of the incident.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Search and Rescue Team was immediately called out to start a search for the man, after receiving the service call. Their talks with the man in distress undoubtedly saved his life, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Regardless of the issue, we want to remind people there are people who care and resources available for help,” Dubin said.

Photo illustration: LASD

Photo illustration: LASD

The initial report of the incident was near Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue, where the man’s car was parked.

Deputies had reason to believe the man left his car and traveled on foot a headed into a rural area to possibly commit suicide.

After deputies had difficulty finding the man, an off-road motorcycle team of deputies, as well as a helicopter unit were deployed at approximately 12:15 p.m. to assist in search efforts.

An off-road motorcycle deputy spotted the man across a deep ravine on top of a ridge line around 1:15 p.m., approximately 2.5 miles southwest from where he had parked his vehicle.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) were deployed on foot along with rangers from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to hike the area in an effort to locate the alleged suicidal man.

After several hours of talking with the man, personnel on scene quickly and cautiously approached the man, and simultaneously grabbed the man, preventing him from jumping.

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crisis Negotiation Team also helped talk the man down from a cliff, deputies said.

The rescued man was treated at the scene and was transported to a local hospital, in Sylmar, where him was admitted for a 72-hour mental health observation.

If you find yourself with no one to turn to please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or log on to the website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org there are resources available.

The phone lines and website are staffed 24 hours a day.

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19 Comments

  1. Dréa Rewal Dréa Rewal says:

    Did you not read the article? ILLUSTRATION courtesy of LASD…

  2. Dave Lee Dave Lee says:

    Well Duh? He has a see thru head.

  3. Seriously? who takes a pic in a moment like that?

    • Jose Franco Jose Franco says:

      I have a better question: Why did they let a photographer so close to that situation? They could have interfered with their safety! Thankfully no one was injured it sounds like.

  4. Hope he gets the help he needs. Good job LASD

  5. These type of stories should not be posted on FB!

  6. Mitch Tonyan Mitch Tonyan says:

    They took a picture of me when I was still stuck in my car from my accident the pictures ended up on the signal website kind of embarrassing

  7. 5150 to Olive view because he doesn’t have insurance. Tons of resources used tells us the local sheriffs actually place a higher value on human life then they do on profit. Good work folks!

  8. Mama said there’d be days like this there’d be days like this my mama said.

  9. This is an inappropriate photo to post on a social media site. The SCV sheriffs station took an deliberate photo branding this moment. Congrats on saving an individual’s life but this image should be deleted. #scvtv. #scvsheriff

  10. Interesting thread. Thank you for your comments. It’s sort of like yelling at your TV set, though. We are (among other things) the official platform that the agencies use to distribute their information. As stated, this was an LASD photo illustration that LASD distributed with a press release. If you want to change behavior with respect to what information is disseminated to the public, you might want to talk to (in this case) LASD, rather than talking to the platform. Just a thought!

  11. Dréa Rewal Dréa Rewal says:

    Hahahah effing SCVTV.

  12. Scvtv please respect our community you don’t HAVE to post all LASD details

  13. Not needed at all to post on FB or anywhere! How’s that going to help this individual? Show some respect!

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