AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who took the time to investigate something strange saved the life of a man trying to kill himself. This story has become a good example of the difference one person who cares can make.
Sunday, what seemed like a suspicious looking car was really a death trap, created by a suicidal man in Airway Heights. His plans may have worked, too, had Deputy Bradley Humphrey not taken the time to check out the situation.
On January 14, Humphrey noticed something strange about a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot in Airway Heights.
"On the vehicle exhaust system, there was a dryer hose attached to the exhaust system going into the trunk and the vehicle was running and all the windows were rolled up," Humphrey said.
Humphrey went up to the vehicle and saw a man covered with a blanket, reclined back in the driver's seat. The deputy rapped on the window and started yelling at the man to get his attention. Eventually Humphrey was able to unlock the vehicle.
Multiple agencies responded to help and get the man to the hospital. According to a release, the man later thanked Deputy Humphrey for saving him.
"He really realized that there are quite a few people who are willing to help and it kind of goes without saying that no one should ever feel that no one is available for them, that there's no hope. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, you pick up that phone and call 911. Law enforcement officers will always be there to help you," Humphrey said.
Mental health resources:
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
First Call for Help: 509-838-4428