Freshman Grant Porter has yet to play a single game for Washington State, but he’s already made an impact on the Pullman community. Porter might have saved a man’s life earlier this week after he intervened in what police believe was a suicide attempt.
Shortly after midnight, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Porter and his friend Allison Schomburg were passing by the basketball court of an apartment complex in Pullman when, according to Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins, they came across a 24-year-old man standing on a black folding chair with his hands tied around his back and a strap around his neck. The opposite end of the strap was attached to the basketball hoop.
“I was coming back from Moscow, Idaho and we were going back to my apartment,” Porter said in an interview Friday night. “We see a man standing on a chair with a rope tied around his neck and his hands tied, and we made a U-turn to go back around and see what’s going on. At first I thought it was a joke or a prank to get attention. I didn’t think it was serious. But I wasn’t going to just drive past without seeing what was going on.”
Porter cautiously went up to the man.
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“I said, ‘Are you OK? Do you need anything?’” Porter said.
The man told Porter he had been kidnapped.
“But then I looked at his wrists and he had scars on his wrists like he had cut himself,” Porter said.
The football player started to wonder if this man in front of him was attempting suicide. He calmly called out to the man and said, “Can we just untie you first before we do anything else?”
Porter talked the man off the chair and then helped to untie his hands. As soon as he was loose, the man thanked Porter and gathered up the chair and the strap and bundled into his car. That reaffirmed Porter’s notion that the man had not been a victim of a kidnapping.
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