Posted: April 16, 2009 06:45 PM CDT
Updated: April 16, 2009 07:35 PM CDT
Two Great Falls police officers were in the right place at the right time last night, and saved a woman from jumping off the 10th Street bridge.
Two Great Falls police officers were in the right place at the right time last night, and saved a woman from jumping off the 10th Street bridge. Lieutenant John Sowell and Sergeant Scott Van Every were working after shift on alcohol prevention inspection last night. They happened to see a woman dangling her feet over the east guard rail on the 10th Street bridge.
The two plain-clothed officers parked their unmarked car in the southbound lane and approached the woman.
Sergeant Van Every talked to the woman and managed to get within a few feet of her by saying he couldn’t hear her responses; as he spoke, Lieutenant Sowell circled behind, telling the woman he was going to stop traffic.
Van Every then stuck his hand out to greet the woman, and at that moment Sowell grabbed her from behind as Van Every grabbed her hand. They then explained they were police officers and she did not resist.
The 43-year old woman was taken to Benefis. She was taking anti-depressants and had been drinking before the incident.