Sutter County Deputy Probation Officer Kelly Bisby received recognition from the Sutter County Board of Supervisors at their May 12 meeting for his successful efforts to talk a suicidal man down from the railing of a bridge over the Yuba River.
Chief Probation Officer Donna Garcia called Bisby a “phenomenal probation officer” while explaining he was called to the scene on the E Street Bridge by Marysville police on April 16 after trained negotiators were unsuccessful in getting the man to safety after two hours.
When they realized the man was on probation in Sutter County, they called for Bisby, his probation officer, in the hopes he could help.
Bisby talked to the man for 20 minutes before the man climbed from the outside of the railing and into Bisby’s waiting hug.
“Officer Bisby saved a man’s life,” she said.
Board Chairman Ron Sullenger presented Bisby with a Certificate of Recognition. Several members of his family and the Sutter County Probation Department were in attendance to witness the presentation.