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Quick-Thinking Sheriff's Deputies Prevent Teen's Suicide by Using a Lifesaving Tactic

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On Sunday, while many people were celebrating the fathers in their lives, one father in Palm Coast, Florida, was worried he might lose his daughter.

The 17-year-old, whose name has been kept private because of her age and the circumstances of her story, was reportedly threatening to hurt herself when her father called 911 around 6 a.m.

The father told the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office that at some point, she said “I can’t do this anymore” and took off running.

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A short time later, sheriffs got a tip that the teen might be on the Palm Coast Parkway and I-95 overpass bridge.

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They were also informed that the girl did not like males, so they sent a female sheriff, Deputy Laura Jenkins, to talk to her.

Sure enough, she was on the overpass, “slowly inching her way closer towards the highway,” according to the caption on the YouTube body camera video. As Jenkins approached the teen, trying to create a bond with her, the teen let go of the railing.



“FCSO Deputy Jenkins was negotiating with the juvenile, letting her know she’s there to help her, when the juvenile let go of the rail to jump,” the caption reads.

“Deputy Jenkins immediately grabbed her hand before she could fall and secured her to the rail with handcuffs.”

“Deputies shut down Palm Coast Parkway and I-95 re-routing traffic as multiple agencies responded, including the FCSO Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), Flagler Beach Police Department (FBPD), Palm Coast Fire Department, and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).”

Jenkins and another female officer continued to talk to the girl. Meanwhile, the fire department and Deputy Crista Rainey were working to set up a fire truck with a ladder on the highway below so they could safely escort the teen to solid ground.

It took about an hour to get everything set up, but as Rainey drew closer, the teen repeated “go away” as the deputy worked to convince her to come down with her.

With the help of a firefighter, Rainey was able to secure the teen and they made it safely off the bridge. The girl has since been taken to Halifax Medical Center under a Baker Act.



Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly recognized the teamwork across agencies as “outstanding,” making sure to mention each group and praise their skills.

“This is an outstanding rescue by all agencies involved,” Staly said. “The quick response and combined efforts of FCSO deputies, Crisis Negotiations, Communications Center, Fire Rescue, and the deputies holding the juvenile’s hand saved a life today.

“Their training in de-escalation techniques and being able to talk to someone who’s threatening to take their life is remarkable.

“I commend all the men and women who stepped up for this child’s life today. Someone’s daughter was saved on Father’s Day, and I hope she receives the help she needs.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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