FWPD Officers Who Rescued Suicidal Woman Speak

Andrew Greenstein
August 23, 2018 - 4:10 pm
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A video of two Fort Worth police officers rescuing a woman before she jumped off an overpass is going viral.

Shortly after 7:00 Saturday evening, officers Justin Henry and Trae Cierzan were dispatched to the ramp from southbound 35W to eastbound 820.

When they arrived, they encountered a distraught woman who climbed onto a barrier and planned to jump off.

She told the officers that she wanted to die, but the officers were having none of it.

“We had to get her down as quick as we could,” says Ofc. Henry. “We had the storm coming in. It was windy. We think that the longer she was up there, the increase her chance to fall or to possibly jump.”

Henry and Cierzan calmly approached the woman and pulled her down off the barrier and onto the roadway.

Ofc. Cierzan says talking to the woman in a calming manner was key to the rescue.

“They’re in an extreme emotional state that you just try to get them to talk to you,” he says. “Because if you can get them to talk to you, things can turn out for the better.”

The officers handcuffed the woman for her own safety until an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital.

Even though the officers approached the situation with calmness, the adrenaline was definitely flowing.

“I’m definitely scared of heights; but I mean, I didn’t even know how high we were up until afterwards,” says Ofc. Cierzan.

It’s unknown what the woman was going through that drove her to the brink of suicide.

The officers have not had any contact with the woman since they saved her Saturday night.

“There are so many different scenarios that have been playing in our head, the way it could have turned out,” says Ofc. Cierzan. “But we’re definitely happy that it turned out the way it did.”