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Video shows moments Connecticut police officers rescue woman from jumping off 100-foot bridge

New video shows the moment Connecticut State Police were able to rescue a woman from a bridge and prevent her from sustaining serious injuries.

On Monday, Nov. 27, officers responded to several 911 calls about a woman on the side of the Baldwin Bridge, which is about 100 feet above the Connecticut River, according to social media posts.

When officers arrived at the scene, they posted that they found a woman climbing over a metal safety barrier from the sidewalk and sitting on a 5-inch-high ledge.

In the video, the officers told Sgt. Matthew Beltz is seen and heard speaking calmly to the woman as Sgt. Ashley Harkins scrambled over a safety barrier and risked her life on a narrow ledge above a flowing river to help rescue the woman.

Both sergeants successfully persuaded the woman to move her hand to the fence and climb onto the sergeant’s legs. Ms. Harkins assisted her responding officers in pulling her to safety, over her fence and into her ambulance for immediate treatment.

“We commend the quick and decisive actions of Sgt. Harkins and Sgt. Beltz for saving the woman’s life. Col. Chris Lewis of DEEP and Troop F State for assisting at the scene. Thank you to our police officers,” the department posted.

Officers responded to several 911 calls about a woman on the side of the Baldwin Bridge, which is about 100 feet above the Connecticut River. CSP
They found the woman climbing over a metal safety barrier from the sidewalk and sitting on a 5-inch-high ledge. CSP
Both sergeants successfully persuaded the woman to move her hand to the fence and climb onto the sergeant’s legs. Harkins. CSP

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call 988 for immediate help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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