'Be gracious': Police ask for kindness after woman saved on Juneau bridge
Officials with the Juneau Police Department are asking people to be kind to others after officers saved a woman's life on the Juneau Douglas Bridge.
At about 7 p.m. on Sunday, a JPD officer was driving over the bridge and noticed a car stopped, officials said in a release sent by the department.
According to the release, a concerned citizen was walking to the edge of the bridge where the officer noticed a young woman holding on from the outside of the railing.
"The woman was in crisis," officials said in a Monday release. "Moments before the woman jumped, the officer grabbed her and held on."
More officers arrived to the scene, along with Capital City Fire Rescue and the Coast Guard. JPD and CCFR staff pulled the woman back to safety and she was transported for evaluation.
"While the holiday season brings great joy to many, it is a difficult time for others," officials said. "The Juneau Police Department would like to remind you to be gracious to others and look for opportunities to carry other's burdens."
Officials said traffic flow on the bridge was restored after emergency vehicles were able to clear.
"Pain shared is pain divided," officials said. "Joy shared is joy multiplied.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Alaska’s statewide suicide prevention and crisis support hotline at 877-266-4357. The hotline is available every day, 24/7.
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