Officers help stop teen from jumping off of Lincoln bridge

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln Police Officers helped save the life of a 15-year-old who was threatening to commit suicide on Monday.

LPD said around 12:30 p.m., a passerby called the police and said a teenager was climbing the fence on the south side of the bridge at West A and Highway 77.

Officers arrived and tried to engage the teenager, who ignored the officer and continued to slide further over the wall.

The 15-year-old’s family arrived on the scene, and the two officers continued to try to talk to the teenager, police said.

Both officers were able to work together to pull him back over the wall, and 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. Their quick thinking, good communication, and calm action prevented a tragedy,” Lincoln Police Spokesperson Angela Sands said.