Friday, June 14, 2024

This York deputy pulled a man in crisis from an overpass. Now he’s going to be on TV

Deputy James Robinson from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office will be on A&E at 8 p.m. Thursday for the season premiere of Live PD’s PD CAM. (WYDaily/Courtesy YPSO)
Deputy James Robinson from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (right) will be on A&E at 8 p.m. Thursday for the season premiere of Live PD’s PD CAM. (WYDaily/Courtesy YPSO)

Coming soon to a television near you: the story of a local sheriff’s deputy who made a split-second move to save a man from possibly jumping from an overpass.

Deputy James Robinson from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office will be on A&E at 8 p.m. Thursday for the season premiere of Live PD’s PD Cam.

Robinson was recognized by the sheriff’s office and local media outlets in August after the sheriff’s office released body camera footage of Robinson pulling a man from the edge of an overpass at Route 60.

The incident happened around 7:35 p.m. Aug. 14. Robinson was called to the overpass near Busch Gardens for a report of a man in crisis.

There, Robinson tried to talk to the man and slowly walked in his direction. At one point, the deputy was able to distract the man enough to grab him and pull him from the edge, onto the pavement of the overpass.

The man was then taken to a local hospital.

“Deputy Robinson showed the utmost compassion for the man and reassured him that he still has a lot to live for,” the sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page the day following the incident.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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