PROVIDENCE — An East Providence Police officer is among those Rhode Islanders Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis plan to honor with the 2013 Rhode Island Lifesaving Medal, the state’s highest award for heroics while saving human life.
Officer Vose is among the group of 26 that will be honored in a ceremony scheduled for the State Room at the State House on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m.
“Because of the tremendous acts of bravery by Rhode Islanders, who demonstrated courage and selflessness, seven people are alive today,” Governor Chafee said. “I commend these heroes. They are true role models, and their compassion and willingness to go above and beyond to assist those in dire need has made our State a better place.”
Added Secretary Mollis, “It is an honor and a privilege to honor these fine men and women, who put their own lives on the line to save the life of another. The heroic efforts of the police officers, firefighters and civilians we are honoring are a perfect example of how all Rhode Islanders are capable of great things.”
Officer Vose interrupted a possible suicide attempt in March of this year when he saw a tearful teenaged boy sitting on the other side of the suicide fence on the Potter Street overpass. He was about to jump onto Route 195, directly into traffic when Officer Vose arrived.
Officer Vose stayed and compassionately talked with the teen until he convinced him to climb back onto the safety of the bridge. Officer Vose saved a young man’s life that day.
The State Lifesaving Medal was created under state law to recognize the heroism of firefighters, police officers and civilians who save human life in Rhode Island. The awards are given annually. Officer Vose was previously recognized with a citation for his efforts by the East Providence City Council.