Cops stop woman plunging from multi-storey car park
Police received calls that a woman with a history of mental health issues and suicidal tendencies had left hospital. Patrols started to search for the woman and she was found sitting on a wall in a multi-storey car park, with her legs dangling over a four or five storey drop.
PC Paterson and PC Pepper (who was SC Pepper at the time) tried to persuade the woman to move off the wall, but instead she moved from sitting to hanging off the outside wall. The two officers grabbed her, undoubtedly saving her life. They held her there as the height of the car park wall stopped the woman from being dragged to safety and the officers had to climb onto the wall, grab the woman and keep hold of her. The officers also had to hold on to each other to keep from falling.
They had been holding the woman for some time and it had started to rain making everything slippery. The officers were concerned that the clothing they were holding to keep the woman safe was starting to give and stretch but they carried on holding her whilst giving reassurance., After about 25 minutes a specialist fire crew arrived with an aerial ladder platform.
The officers’ quick actions prevented the woman from falling, but their dedication and efforts saved her life.