The following is from Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong:
Letter of Commendation Life Saving Award Deputy Dalton Murphy
The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office believes in the recognition of deputies, their actions, and out-standing efforts in service to the community and their fellow deputies. In keeping with this belief, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Deputy Dalton Murphy for his outstanding efforts.
On February 1, 2021, at 12:47 AM, Deputy Dalton Murphy was dispatched to check on a man that was standing at the bridge edge over the 102 River Bridge outside of Barnard, MO. On his arrival, Deputy Murphy recognized a 17- year-old male that was straddling the bridge. The male moved his body closer to the edge when he saw the patrol car arrive and stop. Recognizing that the individual was considering jumping into the river, Deputy Murphy engaged the male in conversation and called him by name. Deputy Murphy radioed responding units to cease distracting radio communication to keep the male calm. He then asked if he could come closer to him so that they could speak. The male agreed. When in arm’s reach of the male, Deputy Murphy placed his hands around the male and assisted him to a standing position on the bridge. The male became very emotional and he embraced Deputy Murphy. Deputy Murphy walked the male to the safety of the patrol car. During the following conversation, Deputy Murphy learned from the male that he was contemplating suicide by jumping into the river. He had also sent a text message of his intent to a friend. Deputy Murphy convinced the male to speak with a mental health professional. The male was left in the care of a mental health professional.
Therefore, Deputy Murphy’s actions qualify him for this Life Saving Award and bestows upon him the Sheriff’s appreciation.
(Photo courtesy of the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office)