Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and United Dairy Farmers, is pleased to recognize Franklin County Deputy Griffin Bluestone as the recipient of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for July. Please read details below regarding Deputy Bluestone as Franklin Heights High School Resources Officer:
On May 15, 2017, Deputy Griffin Bluestone was requested by the principal to respond to the office on a hysterical female student. The student told Bluestone that her brother, also a student, called her from their home and stated that he was actively cutting his wrists and was saying his “goodbyes” to her. The student was so upset that she could not even provide their address to Bluestone. He advised the principal to look up their address and relay it to him via radio as he immediately ran to his cruiser to intervene. Upon receiving the address he relayed the information to radio and requested medics to meet him. Bluestone arrived prior to fire and backup to find the front door to the home ajar. As Bluestone began clearing the home solo he could hear noises in a bedroom. Upon entering he found the male lying in bed, knife in hand, cuts to his wrists/arms and saturated in his own blood. While at gunpoint, Bluestone repeatedly commanded the male to drop the knife. Each request was ignored. Knowing that the male needed immediate medical assistance and unaware of when his backup or fire may arrive, Bluestone disregarded his own safety, grabbed the knife from the male, secured him and immediately started first aid until assistance arrived. The male was transported in stable condition.
Per Corporal Jason Ratcliff, “This incident is a snapshot of Deputy Griffin Bluestone’s character and commitment to his school and public safety on a daily basis.”