A village public safety officer and the local volunteer fire chief pulled a distraught 35-year-old Anchorage woman off the Parks Highway bridge near Nenana on Sunday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.
At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nenana Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Forness got a 911 call about a woman threatening to jump off the bridge, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. He passed along the call to Nenana's new VPSO, Joshua Harville, still unpacking after moving from Ruby, Ipsen said. Harville got to the bridge, saw the woman on the far side of the bridge's railing and called Forness.
With the woman literally hanging off the bridge, Ipsen said, the men came up with a plan: Harville distracted her by talking to her and Forness came up from behind and grabbed her.
The woman, who was not identified, was put in protective custody and taken to Fairbanks for a mental health evalution, troopers said. Drug paraphernalia and a substance suspected to be methamphetamine were discovered in her bag, Ipsen said.
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