Yavapai County, AZ. Sheriff’s Deputy working with the community for the community

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy worked using available tools at his disposal to assist a member of the community who was despondent to a successful conclusion.

About 6 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a call of a man threatening to hurt himself after an argument with a female friend over relationship issues, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said. The man, in his late teens, was driving around the area and a deputy located him on Loy Road. 

“The deputy spoke to the man who admitted being upset but denied suicidal thoughts,” D’Evelyn said. “The deputy suggested professional counseling, and the man agreed to meet with someone.”

The Deputy made immediate arrangements for a counselor to come out and meet them in the area according to the news release.

The man requested that the counselor come out to a fast food restaurant, and when he and the Deputy arrived, they found a small car club gathering in the parking lot.

“Many of the car owners present were friends of the man and this provided some level of initial comfort. A couple of additional deputies arrived and the entire group, including the deputies, decided to have an impromptu car show,” D’Evelyn said. “The sheriff’s vehicles backed into parking stalls, raised hoods, revved engines, and turned on overhead lights while participating.”

The show attracted attention and more car owners arrived to join in.

The counselor came to the scene and met with the despondent man, talked with him, and set up a follow-up meeting.

“Deputies noted that the goal of interacting with the man and his friends provided a moment of relief from his current state of despair and hope for better times ahead,”

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

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