Proclamation commemorates Courville for rescuing citizen on Henderson Bridge


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -The Providence City Council on Thursday honored Sergeant Steven
Courville for taking incisive action in saving a local resident from committing
suicide on the Henderson Bridge. Courville was presented with a proclamation signed
by all 15 council members at the City Council meeting on March 3, 2016.

The initiative was led by Councilman Terrence Hassett, who was moved by Courville’s
ability to resolve an incident on the Henderson Bridge in late January. When
Courville arrived on the scene that evening, an emotionally distressed man holding a
knife to his throat made comments about ending his life. Sergeant Courville was able
to engage in calm conversation with the man and successfully diffuse the situation.

«Sergeant Steven Courville’s actions on the Henderson Bridge serve as an example of
his admirable leadership and experience,» said Hassett. «Congratulating him tonight
is a very important honor. This is an expression of what our finest police officers
do. It is an example of how they overcome real challenges in our community and serve
the people of Providence every day.»

Courville was joined by family members and colleagues from the Providence Police
Department in the City Council Chambers on Thursday night. As he accepted the
proclamation, council members, city staff, and other meeting attendees expressed
gratitude and congratulations to Courville with a round of applause and a standing