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 Ryan Murphy as the recipient of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for July and CPD Office Donald Paden as the August recipient. Please read details below:
On June 20, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Deputy Ryan Murphy was dispatched to the Community Gardens trailer park, located at 6244 W. London-Groveport Rd Lot 62, on the well-being check of John Doe. While enroute to the trailer park, the Communications Center aired a possible suicidal male sitting on the Lambert Road bridge over I-71. Radio advised they had received several calls on the male. Because the proximity of the trailer park was only a few miles from the bridge, Deputy Murphy checked Lambert Road first suspecting that the suicidal male may be John Doe. Upon his arrival, he observed a male white sitting on top of the bridge abutment with his back to I-71. Deputy Murphy began engaging him in conversation. He stated that his life was a mess, wasn’t worth living and that he hasn’t been able to see his daughter and referenced the fact that it was Father’s Day. It was apparent as he continued to speak that he was contemplating suicide by jumping off the bridge. As he continued talking he began looking down as if sobbing. Deputy Murphy realized this as an opportunity, and grabbed and pulled him off the bridge abutment to safety. An inventory impound of the vehicle revealed multiple suicide notes addressed to family members and friends.
On July 6, 2016, at 2:02 AM, officers responded to eastbound I-670 just west of I-315 on a report of an individual that had been shot. [Joe] said he was sleeping in the truck while his mother was driving, and his father was riding in the front passenger seat. [Joe] said he was in the middle of his parents when he woke up to them arguing. [Joe] said that during the argument, he observed his father pull out a handgun and point it at his mother. [Joe] said he grabbed his father’s arms and tried to hold them down, as his mother stopped and exited the vehicle. [Joe] said his father then pointed the gun at him before he exited the vehicle to chase his mother. After both parents had exited, [Joe] also got out of the vehicle and ran to get help. As he was looking for assistance [Joe] said he heard a gunshot, at which time he jumped over the concrete barrier dividing I-670 and ran along it for safety. [Joe] said he looked back and observed his father fire again at his mother and heard her crying for help. After seeing his father move away from his mother he began heading back to help his mother, at which time he heard police sirens and observed his father get run over by a passing vehicle. As a result of his father’s actions, [Joe]’s mother was shot in the right side of her face with one of the bullets.
One of the officers that responded that morning was Officer Donald Paden. Officer Paden, without asking any questions or missing a beat, drove over and had [Joe] sit in his cruiser. Officer Paden immediately connected with [Joe], made him feel safe, and assisted him through the traumatic situation in which he had just been involved. Officer Paden not only started building a relationship, but provided the boy with a stuffed animal, personally escorted him to and from the hospital, stood by him during his interview with the detectives, bought him some food (since he had not eaten in a couple of days), and even attempted to recruit [Joe] to consider a career in Law Enforcement, specifically with the Columbus Division of Police.
The award presentations, which will tell the rest of the stories, will take place on Wednesday, August 3rd, around 9:45am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall, 2nd floor, located at 379 W. Broad Street.
Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4749.