Chatham honors deputy for stopping possible suicide jump

From staff reportsJuly 1, 2013 

— The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has awarded a deputy with the agency’s Medal of Valor for his work in preventing a suicide jump from a highway bridge in April.

Deputy Ronnie Miller was one of those who answered an April 26 call about a man on a bridge that carries N.C. 902 over Landrum Creek, Sheriff Richard Webster.

Miller began talking to the man, and then took off his gun belt and left it behind because the man said he was afraid of Miller’s weapon.

Miller kept up a conversation with the man until, when he was able to get close enough, pulled him away from the bridge railing, Webster said.

The sheriff said Miller put himself in danger by getting close to the man and risking falling from the bridge.

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