The fire district says Rick Stewart helped EMTs seize a weapon from a person attempting to harm himself in April.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scappoose Fire Chief Jeff Pricher, left, and Board President Dave Sorenson, right, stand with ODOT employee Rick Stewart after presenting Steward with the Scappoose Fire District Citizen Heroism AwardAn Oregon Department of Transportation employee has received a citizen heroism award after assisting Scappoose EMTs in taking a weapon away from a patient earlier this spring.

Scappoose Fire District personnel were transporting a patient to a Portland hospital in mid-April when the man was found to have a weapon, according to a press release from the fire district.

The patient was attempting to harm himself and EMS personnel, so the ambulance stopped at a road closure on U.S. Highway 30 and Oregon Highway 127, signed locally as Northwest Cornelius Pass Road, the district stated.

Rick Stewart, an ODOT employee, was stationed at that closure.

Stewart "walked over to the ambulance to offer aid, observed the situation, and assisted SRFD personnel in securing the weapon," the district press release stated.

Scappoose Fire District officials presented Stewart with an award at the district board meeting on June 9.

"It was an incredibly brave act," Scappoose Fire Chief Jeff Pricher said. "We were very humbled and thrilled to be able to hand out this award."

The district hadn't given out a citizen heroism award before, Pricher said, but the district has been making an effort to recognize both its own employees and others who assist the district's staff and mission.

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