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Cornville AZ Impromptu Car Show

Sedona AZ (April 19, 2016) – On April 16, 2016, around 6:00 in the evening, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Cornville area about a despondent teenager threatening to hurt himself after an argument with a female friend over relationship issues. The teen was reported to be likely driving in the area, and his vehicle description was broadcast to deputies.

Within a short time, a YCSO deputy spotted and stopped the vehicle on Loy Road in Cornville. The deputy spoke to the teen who admitted being upset but denied suicidal thoughts. The deputy suggested professional counseling, and the young man agreed to meet with someone. The deputy made immediate arrangements for a counselor to join them in the area.

yavapai county sheriff's office logoThe young man requested to wait for the counselor at a nearby fast food restaurant so the deputy followed him to it and, upon arrival, discovered a small car club gathering in the parking lot. Many of the car owners present were friends of the teen and this provided some level of initial comfort. Two other deputies arrived and the entire group, including the deputies, decided to have an impromptu car show.

The Sheriff’s vehicles backed into parking stalls, raised hoods, revved engines, and turned on overhead lights while participating. This action attracted quite a bit of attention from the public over the next half hour or so, and additional car owners arrived and joined the event. The counselor eventually arrived and met with the despondent young man to provide direction and an opportunity for follow-up intervention.

Deputies noted that their goal of interacting with the teen and his friends provided a moment of relief from his current state of despair and gave hope for better times ahead.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

The SedonaEye.com staff would like to congratulate the initial responding deputy for his kindness and respect for this young man’s emotional well-being. And here’s applause for the additional on-scene YCSO deputies and the public for a team effort to show compassion and concern for another; may we all be influenced by their example.

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1 Comment

  1. West Sedona Dave says:

    What a great story…..May I tip my hat to these quick thinking officers and there great dedication to helping the not just this young man, but all of us in the county…This is not the first story of kindness I have heard, and Im sure its not the last!!!
    Great job men, you made me proud!

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