Three citizens who prevented a distraught man from jumping onto Interstate 5 from the NE 185th Street overpass in Shoreline have been presented Meritorious Service Awards by King County Sheriff John Urquhart.
In a ceremony Monday at the Metro North Base in Shoreline (2160 N 163rd St.) Metro Transit operator Lindol Larkin and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy Julie Jensen were presented certificates. Shoreline resident Samual Simkoff will also receive the award, but could not be present at the event.
Larkin was driving his route at about 4 p.m. on Feb. 14 when he saw the man straddling the railing of the overpass, stopped to help and called 911. Jensen, off duty at the time, and Simkoff attempted to talk the man down. The three pulled the man to safety and held him until police arrived.
Urquhart credits the three for saving the man’s life, and for keeping from harm drivers on I-5 who could have been injured had the man jumped.