Special Constables Michael Bednarek & Susanne Kelly

On Jun 12th, 2019, Special Constable Bednarek and Special Constable Kelly were driving West Bound on Laurier Avenue Ottawa, returning to the Court House. They were waived down by frantic pedestrians as a suicidal male had climbed over the railing of the bridge on Laurier and began wrapping an extension cord around his neck, the other end of the cord had been tied off to the bridge. Both Special Constables exited their work vehicle and ran toward the suicidal male. 

Special Constable Bednarek was able to grab a hold of the male's arm and tightly secure him. Special Constable Bednarek was then able to handcuff the male to the railing in order to deter him from jumping. The male then crouched down, still on the opposite side of the bridge an became unresponsive. Special Constable Kelly used quick thinking and brought a pair of shackles. They utilized the shackles and attached them to the male's ankles and railing. At the same time, Special Constable Bednarek kept a tight grip on the male as he was leaning over the rail, in a dangerous situation for himself, while trying to engage the male in positive conversation. Eventually the Ottawa Fire Department arrived, securing the male and they were able to pull him back over the bridge. Without the quick actions of both Special Constables the suicidal male would have been successful in his attempt.