SALEM – An Oregon State Police officer with roots in Grant County has been honored with the Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award.

Trooper Adam Kowing, who works out of the McMinnville Area Command, received the award in recognition of his efforts to prevent a suicidal man from jumping off the Yaquina Bay Bridge last summer.

Kowing worked in the Newport command at the time of the incident. After hearing the report of a suicidal man and tracking him to the bridge, Kowing was able to grab the man by the waist and pull him back onto the pavement before he jumped or fell more than a hundred feet. The man fought with Kowing but was restrained with the help of Newport police.

“Adam’s quick and selfless reaction during a life-threatening situation ultimately saved this man’s life and is a testament to the measure and strength of his character,” said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans, presenting the award.

Kowing also was honored last November by the Oregon Peace Officers Association.

Kowing is the son of Ken and Linda Kowing of John Day, and a 2005 graduate of Grant Union High School.

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