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Rocky Top officer recognized for lifesaving effort

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally honored a Rocky Top police officer earlier this month for his work in preventing a suicidal individual from jumping off a bridge last year.

Rocky Top Police Officer Todd Johnston was awarded the Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year after he was, according to McNally, “able to develop a rapport with the individual” that ultimately led to a successful resolution to the episode.

The Crisis Intervention Team program is offered through Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services in Oak Ridge, and provides officers with 40 hours of specialized training for problem solving and de-escalating crisis situations with individuals who have a mental illness.

Officers from Anderson County, Clinton, Harriman, LaFollette, Morgan County, Oak Ridge and Scott County have all received training through the program.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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