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Marine Board Recognizes Multnomah County Marine Deputies for Life Saving Efforts
For Immediate Release- 10/5/2011
Marine Board Chair, George Tinker (Coos Bay), Sgt. Travis Gullburg accepting the award on behalf of Deputy Lort and Deputy Tyrus, and Marine Board Director, Scott BrewenThe Oregon State Marine Board recognized the efforts of Deputy Bret Lort and Jason Tyrus for saving a life at their annual post-season Law Enforcement Conference, held on Monday, September 26 in Eugene. 
It was January 14, 2011 when the Marine Patrol was dispatched to the I-5 Bridge on the Columbia River to help persuade a suicidal subject standing on the outside railing of the bridge.  Deputy Lort and Deputy Tyrus responded within minutes by boat.  Portland Police were observed talking to the subject, so Lort and Tyrus maintained visual contact of the man and prepared an operation plan in case the man decided to jump.  Approximately 20 minutes later, the man jumped, and landed in the water, feet first.  Deputy Lort, as soon as he saw the man jump, headed toward the man as he was still airborne.  The man submerged briefly and a few moments later, he surfaced, motionless on his back with blood coming from his mouth.  Deputy Lort positioned the boat as close as possible to the man and maintained the boat’s position in the swift Columbia River current.  Deputy Tyrus was able to grab the man by his sweatshirt during which time, the man’s eyes opened but he did not move or speak.  Deputy Lort and Tyrus were able to keep the man calm and successfully transfer him to the Port of PortlandFire/Rescue Boat.  The man was then transported to the Vancouver City Dock and the hospital by ambulance.
"Thanks to the rapid response of Deputy Lort and Deputy Tyrus, this victim survived the near-fatal fall from the I-5 Bridge,” said Marty Law, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.  “Had they not been there, this man would not have survived.”