Officers, Bystander Prevent Teen Was Jumping Off Lincoln Bridge

Quick action by Lincoln Police helped save the life of a 15-year-old boy, who was threatening to commit suicide on Monday.

Around 12:30 p.m. Lincoln Police say an alert driver called 911 and said a teenager was climbing the fence on the south side of the bridge on Highway 77.

Officers arrived and tried to talk to the teen, but he ignored the officer and continued to slide further over the wall. The boy's family arrived on the scene, and police say the two officers continued to try to talk to the teenager.

As one of the officers continued to talk to the teen, another officer approached from the other side and was able to grab the boy. Both officers then pulled the boy back over the wall before he was able to jump.

The teenager was reunited with his family. “Officers are to be commended for recognizing a rapidly evolving situation and taking immediate action to prevent the juvenile from taking his life in front of his family," Officer Angela Sands says. "Their quick thinking, good communication, and calm action prevented a tragedy.”

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