SPOKANE, Wash.—A pair of Spokane Police Officers rescued a man from a ledge Tuesday when they just happened to notice him on the Monroe Street Bridge.
The veteran officers were driving by the bridge when they noticed the man standing on the foot-wide ledge. Witnesses said Captain Dave Richards and Corporal Bill Hager leaped right into action.
“Pretty big individual,” Richards explained. “Fully expected him to lean too far over and have gravity make the decision for him, but there was a higher power that had another plan for him.”
They strategized how to bring the man down to safety before things took a turn for the worse.
“I started trying to communicate with him, but all he was doing was looking down,” said Corporal Bill Hager.
The officers said the man suddenly let go.
“He was starting to go,” said Hager. “He was free to go and we grabbed his backpack. We got him back down here.”
Together, Richards and Hager shared a wealth of experience dealing with intense situations, but credited their recent crisis intervention classes for this heroic act.
“We react to stuff based on our training,” Hager said. “You don’t think about the ‘what if’s’.”
The officers both said they joined the police force to be there for people in need, like the man they rescued Tuesday. Officers said the man would recieve medical attention.