UPDATE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15: The man was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he was undergoing a procedure today, Wednesday, officials said.

ORIGINAL STORY: There is no evidence on Main Street in Ashland that anything happened. There is no crime scene, no blood, no investigators gathering evidence. It is 2:54 p.m., less than half an hour since a young man jumped off the fourth floor of the Ashland Springs Hotel, presumably in an attempt to end his life.

The man, whom police will not identify, was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Witnesses who spoke to a reporter said he was alone, he jumped and he was alive at the time he was put in the ambulance.

“I think it’s always sad when someone is so unhappy they’re trying to fix their situation this way,” said Ashland Springs General Manager Don Anway. “We’ve talked to our employees and we have resources and counseling available.”

One of those employees is Zach Curtis, who said he witnessed the immediate aftermath. “I feel a certain amount of disbelief and a certain amount of compassion," Curtis said. “I thought he was hit by a car but he apparently sat on the edge of the hotel there on the fourth floor and pushed himself off with his feet.”

The man, according to witnesses and hotel staff, did not have a backpack on nor was he carrying any possessions. He left some shoes and an odd assortment of personal items on the sidewalk in front of the hotel before jumping, according to Anway.

“He just dropped off the roof. We saw this kid fall,” said Joshua Short, 22, of Ashland, who said he was passing by when it happened. “When I went over to him he was breathing. From what I saw that kid should be dead. We didn’t know him but he had torn shoes and wore clothes like us.”

Short is a local homeless person who said he has been fighting tears since it happened. “Everyone has a heart," he said. "Someone goes and does that, it makes me feel you need to be there for someone. If someone is sad like that you just need to be there.”

Anway says the fourth floor is locked and secured. The man would have had to climb over barriers to get up there. “He had to go to great efforts," Anway said. "It’s secured.” He said there have been other incidents but he could not recall when or the outcome.

According to Tidings files, in 2014, two Ashland police officers received life-saving awards for their efforts in stopping a man who was attempting to kill himself by jumping off the Ashland Springs Hotel.

The hotel was first opened in 1925, has nine floors and is 118 feet high. The fall from the fourth floor would have been roughly 40 feet high.

— Email Ashland freelance writer Julie Akins at julieanneakins@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/@julieakins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Email Ashland freelance writer Julie Akins at julieanneakins@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/@julieakins.