Deputies, Good Samaritans join together to save potential I-75 bridge jumper

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Dramatic video captures the moments a group of Good Samaritans and Collier County deputies came together to save the life of a woman in danger.

“It feels good. It’s just us doing our jobs. To the best of our ability and what we thought was the best decision at that moment with what we had,” said Officer Rebecca Maciques, one of the responding two life-saving deputies.  

Collier County Sheriff deputies responded to the Santa Barbara Boulevard overpass, after a report of a woman standing outside the protective fencing, around 6:45pm on Tuesday. The woman was threatening to jump to the traffic below.

A deputy and civilian were able to reach through the fence and hold the woman, who repeatedly attempted to break free.

A box truck heading southbound saw the scene and was able to park his vehicle below the woman. Deputies and more civilians were able to reach the top of the truck and help the woman make a safe fall from the bridge.

“When the community comes together when someone was having a crisis, actually work together to try and help her get through that moment instead of standing by, and watching, they helped us out that day. That means a Lot. I’m really proud to be part of a community that is like that,” said Cpl. James Sheran, the first Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy on the scene. 

The victim was then transported to NCH Downtown Baker Hospital for evaluation.

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“This was excellent work by our deputies, who will use any means necessary to protect and save lives, including putting themselves in harm’s way,” sai Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “This was a tremendous display of teamwork between law enforcement and civilians, who worked together to save a woman in crisis.”

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office wanted to remind anyone having suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming yourself, you can call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988.

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