For his ability in resolving a potentially deadly situation involving a suicidal man, Officer Mike Hall was named Fontana Police Department Oath of the Month Officer for February.
On Feb. 21 at about 7:34 a.m., officers responded to a call for service at Kaiser Hospital regarding a passerby who climbed five floors on scaffolding and was threatening to jump.
While officers were on the road, the reporting party advised that construction workers were trying to curb the topic, but the subject began threatening them.
Officers arrived at the scene, cleared the area and set up a perimeter. Officers tried to contact the subject, but he ignored them and climbed to the highest point on the scaffolding near the roof of the building. The subject began tearing down some of the scaffolding and was throwing large metal pipes to the ground, endangering workers and the public.
Officers responded to the roof of the building to establish communication with the subject. Hall, who is part of COAST (Community Assistance Support Team) and crisis / mortgage negotiator, took the lead and established a relationship with the entity.
The subject told Hall that he wanted to end his life and that there was nothing else to live for. During the incident, the man left the Hall several times and climbed various levels of the scaffolding, threatening to jump. The man walked back and forth from one side of the building to the other, drank drugs and lit things on fire.
This behavior lasted for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. During that time, Hall continued to approach the topic and never gave up, even though it seemed the man would not obey.
Finally Hall was able to persuade the subject to climb back to the scaffolding near the roof where Hall could speak more to the subject.
Hall then addressed the topic from the scaffolding and onto the roof, where the subject was stopped without further incident. The man was taken to a local hospital for a mental health assessment.
“Officer Hall’s expertise in the negotiations, together with his knowledge and experience in treating individuals with mental health problems, helped resolve this incident in a positive manner without injury to the subject, officers or the public,” the police chief said. Billy Green Fountain. . “Officer Hall did an extraordinary job in resolving this situation and should be recognized for his commitment, compassion and professionalism.”
—– ALSO, Heather Howard and Jackie Ayala were named Unemployed Employees of the Month for February.
They were both commended for their tireless work in implementing the programs and grants that were reactivated due to the drop in COVID-19 cases.
They both assisted Fontana Police Investigators with oversight, logistics, and mentoring during an Arizona competition.
Howard was successful in applying for an ABC grant and has been involved in conducting ABC events, and she also oversees an active volunteer unit.
Ayala coordinated the third PD shopping activity for unserved children, the elderly and veterans. Each of the events was successful and enjoyed by the attendees. She also organized several community events during the Christmas season.
“CPT Howard and CPT Ayala are both diligent workers and are committed to their positions within our department and community,” Green said.
Ayala, Howard and Hall were all honored during a recent Fontana City Council meeting.
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