Tulsa PD Thankful After Man Pulled To Safety From Overpass
TULSA - The area near 91st and Highway 169 has reopened following tense moments for emergency crews, as they responded to a possible suicidal man Monday afternoon.
First responders were able to pull the man off the bridge where the 169 and the Creek Turnpike connect.
Tulsa Police said incidents like these can be stressful and scary for officers. They said some of their officers are specially trained in crisis negotiations.
"At first, we were able to make contact with him using the PA on the police car. So, we were able to let him hear us talking to him," said Cpl. Jaime Kirvy of the Tulsa Police Department.
Police said the high winds and street noise made this a unique situation, because they were unable to hear the man at first.
"He eventually did come closer to officers, and officers were able to approach him and make voice contact with him” said Cpl. Kirvy.
Emergency dispatch told News On 6, at one point they were receiving reports that the man was straddling the railing.
The Centers For Disease Control says suicide rates have increased in almost every state between 1999 and 2016. Oklahoma saw a 37.6% increase during those years.
"…We don't want to see anyone jump off the bridge. And so, we just want to be able to talk with him, and hopefully help him and convince him to get some treatment. Because over the holidays, it’s a difficult time for some people. And we want to see him get some treatment, so he can go home to his family," said Cpl. Kirvy.
Officers said they are just thankful they were able to talk the man down and bring him to safety.
"We're very happy to see a good ending an outcome of this,” said Cpl. Kirvy.
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