Cops To Get Medal Of Honor For Rooftop Rescue

As the sun began setting on July 12, a pair of Lakewood police officers climbed to the roof of the Berkshire Condominiums. Under blue and yellow skies, a man was pacing the roof, thinking about jumping from 10 stories up. The officers were there to talk him down.

Police Officers Ron Bunner and Jakub Mejstrik spent 40 minutes speaking with the man, connecting with him, trying to understand what brought him to this dangerous point. When communication between the three men began to falter, the officers rushed toward him, pinning him to a fence, ensuring he couldn't jump.

Amid jokes about their heart rates, the officers persistently reminded the man he was loved and he had purpose. They told him they were there to help and eventually they convinced the man to come safely off the roof.

The officers took the man to the hospital, where he could receive treatment and talk to medical experts.

For their actions, both Bunner and Mejstrik will receive Lakewood's Medal of Honor on Tuesday evening during the Lakewood City Council meeting at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public. In a brief statement the city congratulated both officers on a job well done. Body cam footage from Bunner and Mejstrik's rescue can be seen above this article.


By: ThisIsButter (41786.90)

Tags: Rooftop Rescue

Location: LAKEWOOD, OH