Columbia police officers honored for rescuing teen

Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 3:40 p.m. CST; updated 5:32 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 11, 2010
Columbia Police Officers Matt Gremore, left, and Brian Graff received Meritorious Conduct medals on Monday for stopping a 14-year-old boy from jumping off a bridge in Columbia in July. Gremore and Graff said they pulled the boy from edge of the railing after getting no response from him. Gremore said the officers are "not in the business to be told 'thank you,'" so the honor humbled them.

COLUMBIA — When Columbia Police Officers Matt Gremore and Brian Graff were searching for a missing car, they didn't imagine they were about to save someone's life.

"This is just one incident we know the result of," Graff said. "We do not always find out when we have an impact; we do not always know the end of the story. We have to go to the next call."

Gremore and Graff were driving to a parking lot off of Providence Road when whey saw a 14-year-old boy sitting on the edge of a bridge over Bear Creek.

"To me it was obvious he had intentions to jump from the bridge," Graff said. "He looked upset, scared and destroyed."

The officers approached him slowly and cautiously, Gremore said. When they got close enough, they grabbed him and pulled him back to safety. The boy didn't say a word.

"We told him we were there to help and that everything will work out," Graff said.

At Monday's City Council meeting, both officers received Meritorious Conduct medals for saving the boy's life.

"I appreciate the award," Gremore said. "We are not in the business to get thank yous."

Mayor Bob McDavid thanked the Columbia Police Department for the service it offers to the city.

"I felt honored when I received the medal, but I think that what we did ... is what we are supposed to do," Graff said.

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Bill Fisher December 11, 2010 | 5:52 p.m.

I wish someone would give me an award for simply doing my job.

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Mark Flakne December 11, 2010 | 8:08 p.m.

Come on, Bill, these guys deserve recognition for doing a good job. Lord knows I call the cops to task when they screw up, but positive reinforcement works too.

My hat is off to these officers!

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Christine Carrier December 14, 2010 | 2:56 p.m.

This story could've had a tragic ending. Let's hope the little guy has gotten some counseling. Well done, officers!

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Gregg Bush December 14, 2010 | 4:06 p.m.

To serve and protect - let's have 200 more just like to both of you!
Thank you.

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