Aberdeen Police Officer Cody Vaughn was recognized by Police Chief Tim Wenzel at the Town of Aberdeen Board Meeting Monday evening for an incident where he interceded to help save a man’s life on Saturday June 17th, 2017.
Emergency responders were called to a bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks on Saunders Boulevard off of US Highway 1 just after 3:00 pm.
According to police officials the first responding officers found a man sitting on the edge of the bridge with his legs dangling over the edge and a rope tied around his neck on one end with the other end attached to the bridge.
Aberdeen Patrol Officer Cody Vaughn approached the man on foot to attempt to establish contact with him. As the officer approached, the young man is reported to have stated “it is too late” insinuating he was preparing to jump at which time Officer Vaughn grabbed the man around the waist and pulled him off of the bridges concrete rail down to the roadway.
The man was evaluated by Moore County EMS paramedics before officers with Aberdeen Police Department transported him for an involuntary commitment proceeding.
Tonight Officer Vaughn was presented the Life Saving pin in recognition of his efforts that day.
In addition to recognizing Officer Vaughn, Chief Wenzel also made presentations for Aberdeen Police Department Supervisor Of The Year and Officer Of The Year at tonight’s meeting.
Lieutenant Brian Chavis was chosen as the departments Supervisor Of The Year. His name has been placed on a plaque kept at the police department recognizing this accomplishment.
Master Patrol Officer Gypsie Adcox was chosen as the departments Officer Of The Year. Her name has been placed on a plaque kept at the police department recognizing this accomplishment.
Pictured above left to right: MPO Gypsie Adcox, Lieutenant Brian Chavis, and Officer Cody Vaughn.