Hoiland honored with Silver Cross

The Board of Correction awarded Senior Probation and Parole Officer Clint Hoiland the Silver Cross for saving the life of a young man.

Hoiland was driving home from work on February 15 when he saw a young man standing on a high railing on the Southway Bridge that spans the river between Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. Hoiland parked his car and rushed over to help. He heard the man crying, and it appeared he was getting ready to jump

The award nomination describes what happened next; "Clint grabbed the young man and pulled him off the railing...He then told two bystanders to call 911. The 18-year-old man said he had been bullied in school, and wanted to kill himself."

Probation and Parole Chief Henry Atencio praised Hoiland, calling him a great ambassador for the agency and noted the officer used his training to jump in and descalate the situation.

Hoiland said he reacted the way extensive training taught him to react. "Based on training and experience, any officer would have done the exact same thing. This is what we are trained for. We are trained to think and act," Hoiland said.

Hoiland has been with the agency for 13 years. He was honored during the October 2 Board of Correction meeting in Boise.

The Silver Cross award is given to honor promprt or alert action that result in a life being saved, or demonstrate exceptional care for other individuals. Board of Correction members Dr. David McClusky and J.R. Van Tassel, and Director Brent Reinke also helped honor Hoiland's life-saving action.

Story published: 10/08/2014