Fire chief saves woman from jumping off bridge

By FireRescue1 Staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fire chief saved the life of a potential bridge jumper when he snuck up behind her and pulled her to safety.

FOX9 reported that St. Paul District Fire Chief Conrad Ertz responded to a 911 call about a woman sitting on a concrete barrier 120 feet above the Mississippi River.

Two police officers tried to talk the woman off the ledge by speaking to her about what she was going through.

"She said she didn't feel like anyone loved her," Officer Shawn Longen said. "I assured here there were people who loved her and if they were there they would be doing everything they could to get her to come to the other side of the railing — which is what I wanted her to do — to come over and talk to us about what was going on."

While they were speaking with her, Chief Ertz tiptoed behind the woman, grabbed her and pulled her to safety. Chief Ertz said she struggled before eventually calming down and breaking into tears.

"What was going through my mind was I wanted this to end in a positive light so this individual had a second chance," Chief Ertz said. "I did not want this to end like I've seen before."

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