Clearwater Police Honor Two for Good Deeds
One man rescued a woman who tried to commit suicide. The other helped Clearwater police capture suspects in two separate incidents.
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Police Department honored two people they say went above and beyond with the agency’s Samaritan Award.
Brandon Crane, who rescued a suicidal woman after she jumped from the Memorial Causeway bridge on March 28, is one of the recipients. He was working at the downtown marina when he heard a large splash and looked to see a woman floating face down in the water. He jumped in the water, swam to her, turned her over and dragged her to the docks as she fought him and begged him to let her die. The woman survived the 75-foot plunge and is expected to recover.
Kristen Niblett was also recognized at Tuesday’s (April 18) ceremony. She alerted police to a drunken driver on March 23 after her car was nearly hit, and then minutes later in an unrelated incident, noticed two men who were fleeing police stash a gun in some bushes. Suspects in both incidents were arrested and charged with various crimes.
“These two individuals exemplify what the Clearwater Police Samaritan Award is all about,” police Chief Dan Slaughter said. “They did not hesitate to get involved and come to the aid of others or take actions to protect others.”
For information about the Clearwater police, go to clearwaterpolice.org.
Photos courtesy of the Clearwater Police Department.
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