Sheriff’s office recognizes dispatcher for saving a life

Patti Yandle (Photo: Bladen Co Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is recognizing a team member for saving a life.

The sheriff’s office says a call came into their crisis hotline earlier this week from a person talking about committing suicide.

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Telecommunicator Patti Yandle answered that call.

Deputies say she was able to talk about the situation and keep the person from taking further action.

“Patti showed a tremendous amount of compassion for this individual and their situation,” Sheriff Jim McVicker said. “She had the person talking with her about their situation and actually laughing at one point. Patti was able to help defuse the situation in a very caring and professional manner. I am very proud of her as I am all my employees who do a great job on a daily basis.”

Deputies say they did find a gun at the scene. They add the person is okay and was taken to the hospital.

“It was just a great job by our telecommunicator that this situation was able to come to an end without harm to anyone,” McVicker said. “Mental health disorders in this country are at an all time high and suicide is a leading cause of death, we need to look out for our citizens in any way we can to help them resolve these issues. These situations are very deadly for our deputies, because sometimes the individual wants to commit “suicide by cop”. This is when the individual will threaten the officer with their weapon and try to get the officer to shoot them instead of committing suicide.”

The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1 (800) 273-8255.