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Teenager grabbed off edge of bridge in Brandon

A passerby helped Brandon Police Service officers prevent a teenage girl from jumping off a bridge on Saturday.

At 1:23 p.m. Saturday, police responded to several calls of a female on the First Street Bridge who indicated she was intending of hurting herself by jumping off, police said in a report Sunday.

A 17-year-old  was observed standing on a narrow ledge on the outside of the guard rail on the west side of the bridge near the southern half portion over the train tracks.

Traffic was backed up on the bridge and the female was in conversation with a male bystander.

BPS Staff Sgt. Larry Yanick credits the two police officers and the male passerby for saving a young woman from seriously harming herself or perhaps even worse, taking her own life.

"This is a heroic example of how the police working hand in hand with a citizen at large can serve the community. In this case they saved a young woman from causing herself serious or life threatening injuries."

Police attempted to intervene but the female wanted no part of police involvement and at one point released her grip on the hand rail and had threatened to harm herself by jumping off the narrow outer ledge.

While the female was engaged in conversation with the male bystander, who had gained her trust, two police officers were able to get close enough to the female where they were able to grab the female and pull her back to safety.

The female was taken to hospital.


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