'I don’t think he would have survived' family of suicidal man thank police who saved him
(KUTV) – Tyler Ivison’s family knew he had mental health challenges.
He had been to the hospital and was seen by doctors before his suicide attempt inside a Kaysville gas station last week.
“We knew the warning signs, the mental health professionals who helped him knew the warning signs, this was completely preventable,” Tyler’s sister Kayla Budge said.
Tyler apparently doused himself in gasoline and four officers from Kaysville Police wrestled with him as a lighter struck and he went up in flames.
In the face of unimaginable tragedy, Tyler Ivison’s family is choosing not to hide, but rather to share their story in hopes of helping other families who are fighting the battle of mental illness.
“I’m pretty sure every person I’ve talked to knows somebody who has gone through the struggle of trying to get help,” Budge said.
The family went to Kaysville Police Friday to turn over donations they have collected from community businesses.
Businesses who donated to the Budge family’s Thank You to the officers:
- Sweet Whimsy Cakes
- Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn
- Old Grist Mill
- Get Air
- Granny Annie’s Family Restaurant
- Jiffy Lube
- Kaysville Theater
- Valley View Golf Course
- Taco Time
“We appreciate the chance to call on them and their loyalty to this community,” YoGoToGo owner Amy Taylor said.
Yogotogo gave each of the officers and their immediate families a year worth of free frozen yogurt.
The yogurt shop is just across the street from the Chevron station where the incident happened.
Sadie Hawks was working that day at YoGoToGo when a flood of police cars pulled into the gas station across the street.
“I was like ‘something has got to be wrong,’” Hawks said.
After hearing what happened, Hawks said she was emotionally affected and wanted to help.
“When [Budge] called our store, I was like ‘can I please donate something?” Hawks said.
She is a painter and donated four landscape paintings to the Kaysville officers.
“As horrible as this was, hopefully this will bring attention to mental illnesses and it’s something that needs to be talked about and accepted,” Hawks said.
Hawks and Budge both want to break down the stigma of mental illness and help families who are struggling to be open about their challenges.
“It’s not something you should hide and be ashamed of,” Hawks said.
The Ivison family tells 2News that Tyler is improving and has been moved out of the ICU.
The officers are recovering from the incident. One officer remained hospitalized at last check.
There are resources available for anyone experiencing suicidal thought. You can access them at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .
Tyler's family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with medical expenses. https://www.gofundme.com/tylerivison