Obetz Officers Warmly Applauded for Their Life-Saving Acts of Kindness and Bravery

The Obetz community is coming together with joy and appreciation to honor three local police officers, who Mayor Angela Kirk and the Obetz Council recently recognized with Life Saving Awards. Sergeant Rob Rigby, Officer Jordan Mitchell, and Officer Carl Higgenbotham have displayed extraordinary acts of kindness and bravery in two separate incidents, highlighting their ability to remain compassionate and focused during challenging situations. Police officers regularly encounter danger and distress in their line of duty, but these triumphant moments, where they successfully help those in dire need, truly emphasize the deep impact their service can have on people’s lives.

Mayor Kirk shared her heartfelt admiration for the officers, stating, “I am constantly in awe of the dedication our officers show in their role. Their efforts significantly contribute to the safety and well-being of our community. It fills my heart with happiness to spotlight instances where our officers have gone beyond to help individuals in need. Their thorough training prepares them for such situations, allowing them to provide crucial support to residents in distress.”

On March 16, 2023, Officer Higgenbotham showcased immense courage and composure while managing a delicate situation involving a distressed person threatening to jump from a bridge onto I-270. Officer Higgenbotham’s calm and professional demeanor allowed him to intervene just in time, preventing a potentially tragic outcome.

Officer Higgenbotham exhibited exceptional teamwork and coordination skills. He collaborated seamlessly with the Columbus Fire Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Franklin County dispatch to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the incident.

In another challenging situation on March 27, 2023, Sergeant Rob Rigby and Officer Jordan Mitchell responded quickly to a potentially deadly scenario involving a suicidal individual armed with a gun. The officers’ empathetic and professional approach helped build trust with the distressed individual, allowing the officers to de-escalate the tension, disarm the person, and ensure the safety of all involved.

Their timely and decisive actions saved lives and averted a potentially tragic outcome. Sergeant Rigby and Officer Mitchell’s ability to collaborate effectively under pressure showcases the exceptional training and expertise of the Obetz Police Department.

Chief J.M. Confer expressed admiration for the officers, saying, “Sergeant Rob Rigby, Officer Jordan Mitchell, and Officer Carl Higgenbotham embody the Obetz Police Department’s fundamental mission of serving the community with their courageous actions to safeguard Obetz citizens. Their steadfast dedication to their responsibilities and the well-being of others sets a remarkable example for everyone. May their valor motivate us to face our challenges and contribute positively to the world.”

We extend our warmest congratulations to Sergeant Rigby, Officer Mitchell, and Officer Higgenbotham on receiving their well-earned Life-Saving Awards. The Obetz community is deeply grateful for their continued service and dedication to keeping our community safe.

As we reflect on these events, it is essential to emphasize the significance of empathy and support for those facing personal challenges. If you or someone you know needs help, please remember that resources are available. The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, reachable at 988, provides 24/7 free and confidential support to individuals in distress. No one should feel alone during tough times, and skilled professionals are always available to listen, provide resources, and offer guidance.