Mountie who climbed along bridge to stop girl from jumping among RCMP award-winners

When Matthew Doane arrived at a bridge about 50 feet (15 metres) above the North Saskatchewan River after calls of a suicidal youth, he knew he had to act quickly.

Const. Matthew Doane climbed onto a bridge, using his body to prevent a 12-year-old from jumping

Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan, left, honours Const. Matthew Doane at a private RCMP awards ceremony in Calgary on Tuesday. Doane used his body to prevent a 12-year-old girl from jumping from a bridge high above the North Saskatchewan River in 2014. (RCMP)

When Const. Matthew Doane arrived at a bridge about 15 metres above the North Saskatchewan River after calls of a suicidal young girl, he knew he had to act quickly.

Several people had tried desperately to get a hold of the 12-year-old girl through the guardrails, but without success.

The Rocky Mountain House RCMP constable crawled to the unsecured side of the bridge and used his body to hold her to the bridge, preventing her from possibly falling or jumping to her death.

Then he asked another Mountie to get rachet straps from his bag and tie them around the guard rails, himself and the girl.

His quick thinking ensured the girl stayed safe until police, the fire department and civilians were able to talk her back to safety.

That was back in March of 2014.

Const. Doane's actions, along with other officers, were honoured at the RCMP Commendation Awards at a private ceremony in Calgary on Tuesday.

"I am so honoured to be here today to recognize the inspirational efforts our employees have made," Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan said.

Doane is now posted at the Didsbury RCMP detachment.

Calgary police Det. David Keagan and Sgt. Gary Creasser, right, were honoured by Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan, left, for their quick response to a man who attacked RCMP Sgt. Andrew Johnson (not pictured) with a knife in June of 2010. (RCMP)

In early June 2010, an armed man showed up at the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) office in Calgary looking to speak with Andrew Johnson, an RCMP sergeant at the time.

The man pulled a knife and stabbed Johnson several times.

A severely-injured Johnson did what he could to get the knife from the man but was unable to do so.

Calgary police Sgt. Gary Creasser heard what was happening and risked his own life to intervene, becoming injured while trying to get the weapon from the suspect.

Calgary police Det. David Keagan also jumped in to help, after having a receptionist call 911.

'Risking their lives to save others'

The attack ended after the man was taken into custody with the help of other ASIRT members.

The Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP said these officers are role models.

"From dedicating their lives to serving the citizens of our nation to risking their lives to save others, I am so very proud of these employees and their contribution to the safety and security of Canadians," Ryan said.

The ceremony also recognized 33 RCMP employees with long service awards.