Video shows Ohio officers racing to save suicidal teen
The teen was about to jump off a bridge before the officers stopped her
By PoliceOne Staff
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four Ohio officers sprang into action to save the life of a teenage girl who tried to jump off a bridge, recently released body cam footage shows.
Columbus police responded to a call about a possible suicidal teenager on March 20 when they encountered the 17-year-old girl, WCMH-TV reports. Four officers witnessed the girl jump over the railing and onto the river side of the bridge.
The officers sprinted to save girl, who dangled her hands and feet from the edge of the bridge, according to WSYX-TV.
WHAT YOU DON’T ALWAYS SEE ON TV-REALLY GOOD POLICE WORK ?: On 3/20/18 around 8:19pm Officers Kropp, Salsgiver, Sebastiano and Officer Townsley (Probationary) responded to a distraught 17-year-old girl threatening to jump off of the Greenlawn Bridge into the Scioto River. They all responded and upon arrival observed the female jump over the railing onto the river side of the bridge. Everyone assisted in pulling her back over the railing to safety. We spoke with her and family who arrived before medics transported her to the hospital for further assistance. *Grateful to the officers, the girl for trusting our officers & her family for caring. ***National Suicide Prevention Lifeline*** We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free & confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255 #TogetherIsBetterPosted by Columbus Division of Police on Sunday, April 15, 2018
“I thought she was gone, honestly. She was so close,” Officer Kenneth Kropp said. “She was picking one hand up of the railing, then the other.”
Kropp and fellow officer Anthony Sebastiano were able to reach and secure her arms before the two other LEOs helped pull her back over the railing. Sebastiano said he feels “blessed to be put in that situation” and thankful that four officers were there.
“I took this job to help people, and that was obviously a great opportunity to help someone in need,” Sebastiano said.
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment after her family arrived.