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.