Wichita police officers save person from jumping off Kellogg overpass
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Wichita Police Department is praising three of its officers who saved a person from jumping off a highway overpass this week.
The department said on Facebook that a Patrol East community officer was driving at Kellogg and Woodlawn early Wednesday afternoon when he noticed someone attempting to jump.
"The officer quickly pulled over and began conversation with the citizen," the post says. "A short time later two officers assigned to the Crisis Negotiations Team arrived and spoke to the citizen."
After the officers spent time talking to the person, the person stepped away from the ledge and went to a patrol car with one officer. The person was taken to a local hospital and provided with resources.
"This was great work by our officers, not only with showing empathy and compassion to someone in a time of need, but utilizing time and distance to resolve the situation peacefully."
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