Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper Adam Kowing, from the Newport Area Command office was presented Friday with the Medal of Valor by the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA). The honor was in recognition of his lifesaving effort July 4, 2012 to prevent a suicidal man from jumping off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Kowing, 25, has worked for OSP for four years. According to a release from OPOA, Newport Police that day received a report of a man who told a friend he wanted to commit suicide by jumping off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. Newport Police spotted the man’s vehicle and attempted to stop it but abandoned a chance due to heavy holiday traffic. Kowing monitored radio traffic and positioned his patrol vehicle near the Yaquina Bay Bridge in a visible spot to discourage the man from accessing the bridge. After the man passed by, Kowing got behind the vehicle and followed it across the bridge until the man suddenly slammed on his brakes, causing Kowing’s OSP patrol vehicle to rear-end his vehicle. The man then got out and ran toward the bridge railing with Kowing running behind him. As the man reached the railing and began to step over the edge, Kowing grabbed his waist and pulled him back onto the pavement. “Trooper Kowing’s decisiveness and quick actions saved this man from certain death if he had jumped from the bridge,” said OSP Sergeant Cari Boyd from the Newport Area Command office.