A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer is being heralded for risking his life to coax a distraught woman off of the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Tuesday morning.
Pictures of the incident went viral on social media.
CHP officer Jeremy Maya climbed over the security railing of the bridge to kneel down and talk to the woman, using a strap from a tow truck to secure himself to the rail.
After speaking to the woman for quite some time she came back from the edge and was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation.
“We are extremely proud of our officers for risking their lives and for saving a life,” the CHP said in a statement.
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