Heartstopping moment cop saves suicidal girl from jumping off overpass

POLICE have released footage of the heartstopping moment officers saved a suicidal girl from jumping from an overpass.

Bodycam video shows the unidentified teenager, 17, had climbed over the barrier and let go of the rail before a deputy grabbed her arm.

Officers from Flagler County sheriff’s office were called to the I-95 in Florida at around 6am on Father's Day.

The girl is said to have told her family: "I can’t do this anymore."

After closing the road cops managed to handcuff her to the barrier before the girl was taken to safety on a fire ladder.

Police recruited deputy Laura Jenkins to help with the rescue after learning the teen preferred to speak with females.

The sheriff's office said in a statement: "Deputy Jenkins was negotiating with the juvenile, letting her know she’s there to help her, when the juvenile let go of the rail to jump.

"Deputy Jenkins immediately grabbed her hand before she could fall and secured her to the rail with handcuffs."

Palm Coast Fire Department Lt. Patrick Juliano said: “Several times while we were there she let go of the overpass but the deputies upon the bridge never once let go.”

Sheriff Rick Staly added: “This is an outstanding rescue by all agencies involved.

"The quick response and combined efforts of FCSO deputies, Crisis Negotiations, Communications Center, Fire Rescue, and the deputies holding the juvenile’s hand saved a life today."

Sheriff Staly added: "Their training in de-escalation techniques and being able to talk to someone who’s threatening to take their life is remarkable.

"I commend all the men and women who stepped up for this child’s life today.

"Someone’s daughter was saved on Father’s Day, and I hope she receives the help she needs.” 

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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