I wanted to share an incident that happened this morning on my way to work, and to publicly commend the Brewer Police Department and the two officers and dispatcher who responded this morning.

On my way to work this morning, workers from a local mental health agency were restraining a young man on the ground.

I stopped my car and asked them if they need assistance. They said they were all set. They said they were trained to deal with this and I asked if I should get some more help etc. Nope, they were all set. I stayed for a moment, and more help arrived, but this young man was getting more and more agitated. There were now six women restraining him and using a foam barrier to protect his head.

At that point, I called 9-1-1. I reached Bangor dispatch who quickly passed me to Brewer dispatch. I explained who I was, where I was, and what was happening. Within moments, two cruisers appeared.

The two police officers quickly took control. Within moments, they had the young man calmed down. They straightened his legs, and had him on his feet moments later. They treated him with respect, and diffused the situation. I'm very happy I called 9-1-1.

All too often we just hear about the bad things that police do. I spoke with Chief Perry Antone, and let him know about the exceptional work that his officers and dispatcher did this morning. He told me they spend a lot of time training on working with emotional/mental health issues. It's obviously working!

Well done Brewer PD... Well Done.