Four Oaks workers cited for heroic efforts

September 30, 2011

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Four Oaks workers cited for heroic efforts Police, firefighters, and Four Oaks staff prevented a 10-year-old boy from jumping off the roof of the agency’s facility Friday afternoon.

Staff at 5400 Kirkwood Blvd. SW called 911 a few minutes before 12:30 p.m. after the youth took off his clothes and got onto the roof of the two-story building, police Lt. Cory McGarvey said.

The boy threatened to jump off the roof, McGarvey said.

Officers were able to restrain the boy on the roof while firefighters were able to extend a ladder with rescue basket to remove him, said McGarvey, who was among the officers on the scene.

“I’m very proud of our staff with a tough kid and a tough situation,” said Mike Mitchell, Four Oaks assistant executive director. Mitchell has been with the organization for 23 years.

The boy suffered no serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, McGarvey said. The juvenilewill be charged with criminal mischief for intentionally damaging some heat venting pipes on the roof.

Four Oaks staff members Lynn Lafler, Jordan Dorrington, and Kyle Johnson “were the heroes this afternoon” for tackling the boy on the roof, preventing him from jumping or falling until police arrived, McGarvey said.

Mitchell said Four Oaks staff is trained and that training “is refreshed every year”. He said they work with “kids that are significantly disturbed, hurt and troubled”. On a typical day during the school year, Mitchell said they accomodate between 70-80 children and have about 20 to 25 staff members in the building.

“They have to communicate with one another succicently, calmly, effectively and work as a team,” said Mitchell. He added that he was impressed with the emergency responders, saying the first Cedar Rapids police unit was on scene within a minute of their initial contact.

In addition to McGarvey, police officers are Kraig Kruger and Steve Yardley were on scene. Fire Capts. Scott Bemer and Rick Halleran and firefighters Tom Clearman, Janeen Justice, Justin Jensen, Corey Archer, and Nathan Goodlove participated in the rescue.

Four Oaks operates a residential psychiatric program for youth.

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