While all this was going on, Deschutes County dispatchers got a call of someone intoxicated in the area of Rimrock Court, the same area as the previous call. Lt. Mike Kidwell went to help Officer Kirk, Chambers said.
They were in the area when 911 got another call, just before 10 p.m., reporting a man was on the outside railing of the bridge, trying to jump, and two others were holding onto him, Chambers said.
The officers soon arrived and found Casner and Dismore holding the man, who was trying to break free of their grasp. The four were able to pull the other man back over the railing, Chambers said.
Casner said that actually was the second time they?d been able to pull the man back over the railing during the lengthy struggle.
?Probably about 20 minutes before they (police) got there, before a cop drove past? ? not aware in the darkness of what was happening ? the man already was dangling over the bridge.
?The only thing keeping him from falling was our arms holding onto his arms,? Casner said. ?He was softly saying, ?Please, just let me go.? We said, ?It?s not worth throwing your life away.??
Whenever the man looked away, Casner said he tried to use his free hand (when it was free) to wave down passing cars, ?trying to get them to do something. I didn?t want to get the cell phone out. For him to see that, and recognize I was trying to call 911, it might hype him up even more.?
Casner said he had a ?good foothold, feet on the railing, pushed with his legs, pulled with his arms and got the man?s stomach atop the railing, his arm over the man?s shoulder.
And through this, Casner recalled the man saying things like, ?I don?t know why you guys are here ? I don?t even know you.?
Casner told him, ?You don?t have to die. We can be friends. You can come over ? my house is not that far away.?
On Tuesday, with all that turmoil still fresh in his mind, Casner said, ?I don?t know how I got any sleep.?
Casner said he was ?truly grateful? that Dismore also was in the right place at the right time, to help stop the suicide ? and it was only on this night that he learned Dismore also happens to work at the Redmond Walmart.
While police hail the two men as heroes, Casner says he wonders what the very troubled man, not that much younger than him, is thinking about what happened, and how he was stopped from ending his life -- at the same spot where, a couple of years ago, someone indeed did commit suicide, according to police Lt. Nathan Garibay.
?I wonder if he?s bitter about what we did, for saving him, or came out of his drunkenness? and is thankful, said Casner, who also came away with some aches and bruises during the fateful struggle. ?I?m feeling pretty proud, but at the same time, I?m feeling pretty bad.?
But on Wednesday morning, a surprisingly fast answer came, in a KTVZ.COM comment posted by Corrin Trollope, a family member of Trevor Trollope, the man in the middle of the drama, who thanked the two men "from the bottom of my heart!"
"I wouldn't be here it if weren't for you two strangers!" she quoted him as saying. "It is no exaggeration for you to be called heroes, you are! And yes, I wanted to jump, but I now realize how many people truly care about my well-being.
"I don't know if it is possible to ever repay you, but would do my heart a great deal to try! I owe you my life."
And he signed it, "FOREVER IN DEBT TO YOU."
See and hear more on this dramatic story Wednesday night on NewsChannel 21 at 10 and 11.