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PANAMA CITY — For Norm Gulkis, his enduring image of Frank McKeithen is that of the Bay County sheriff crawling alongside a wrecked Toyota pickup to engage a suspect with a handgun pressed against his chin, threatening to commit suicide.
McKeithen remembers that event about three years ago, although it is blurred with similar situations. Sheriff’s officers were in pursuit of the man when he lost control and his truck ended up in a ditch. Assessing the situation, he was convinced the man was committed to shooting himself and even thought about trying to reach for the gun but worried he would not be fast enough. McKeithen does not remember what he told the young man — he said those situations are fluid in their chaos, that improvisation is necessary — but he somehow convinced the subject not to kill himself.
“That’s the definition of serving above yourself,” Gulkis said, a phrase repeated often in his introductory remarks before he presented the sheriff with a Paul Harris Fellowship award, which is named for the Rotary Club’s founder.
Humbled by the award, McKeithen responded he felt his actions to stop that person from committing suicide were both to protect his fellow officers and part of his job duties to protect people from themselves and others.....
- Contributed by Ron Nethercutt
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