Gov. Nathan Deal honored Rome Police PFC. Ken Phillips on Monday in Atlanta with the Governor’s Public Safety Award for Heroism. Phillips was one of 16 public safety employees across the state to be honored with the award.

The honor is given annually to officers who performed an exceptional deed that resulted in saving lives or protecting property.

Phillips was honored for his role in saving a life of a Rome man back on May 2 while standing on the Fifth Avenue Bridge.

He said that he saw a man standing on the edge early in the morning and when he approached, the man took off his shoed and stepped over the rail.

Phillips, who was dressed in pedestrian clothing, said that the man wanted to smoke so he took that an opportunity to talk with him. He said that after four hours of communication, the man decided to come back across the rail and asked for help.