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Red Oak officers rescue man from I-35E overpass


Two Red Oak officers who rescued a man about to jump off a highway overpass last Sunday afternoon will receive city awards for their efforts. As police rushed to the Ovilla Road overpass at Interstate 35E and diverted traffic shortly after 1 p.m., off-duty reserve officer Greg Dansby and bystanders stopped on the bridge and began speaking to the man.
Video released by the department shows them talking to the man, who then raises his arms and begins to turn. As he starts to fall, they rush to grab him. Officer Drew Whittenberg joined Dansby and bystanders in pulling the man to safety from the ledge. Whittenberg escorted the man, who was uninjured, to a hospital for evaluation. Whittenberg and Dansby each have completed a 40-hour mental-health response training course offered by the Dallas Police Department, Red Oak Lt. Marc Schroeder said.
The training, managed by Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Herb Cotner, includes classroom and scenario training, with a focus on the signs and safety procedures surrounding several mental illnesses. Red Oak has sent about a quarter of its 34 officers to the training as part of a partnership between the two departments, Schroeder said. Whittenberg, who was named Red Oak’s officer of the year in 2017, will receive a meritorious conduct award for his part in the rescue when the City Council meets in September.
Dansby will receive a lifesaving award.

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