Police officer saves woman on St. Johns Bridge

Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888

An unmanned aerial vehicle hovers over Portland's historic St. Johns Bridge. (Adam Simmons/Vimeo)
An unmanned aerial vehicle hovers over Portland's historic St. Johns Bridge. (Adam Simmons/Vimeo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Portland Police officer on Friday saved a woman before she jumped off the side of the St. Johns Bridge.

Officers tell KOIN 6 News a passerby flagged them down shortly before 6 p.m. and told them that a woman appeared to be climbing over the bridge’s railing.

An officer from the bureau’s Traffic Division, which is housed on the eastside of the bridge, was able to get to the woman in time and grab onto her arm before she jumped.

The officer held onto the woman and eventually pulled her over. Firefighters and additional officers responded to help get the woman safely on the bridge deck.

The police bureau reminds the public that the Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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