(Franklin) — Local authorities were able to stop a suicide attempt Tuesday morning at the Chattahoochee Bridge on Franklin Parkway in downtown Franklin.
A passing motorist called 911 to report a white female had crossed over the guard rail on the west side of the bridge near the Old Recreation Department and was standing on a small concrete ledge.
Authorities successfully talked the unidentified woman back onto the bridge after about 20 minutes
After the call was dispatched at 10:50 a.m., Corporal Cain Dean of the Heard County Sheriff’s after Dean.
After approximately 20 minutes of negotiations, crisis negotiator Lieutenant Tino Brooks of the Franklin Police Department was able to talk the distraught woman into coming back over the railing to safety.
According to Brooks, Sergeant Tim Rowley had answered a domestic call involving the woman (who was in town visiting local relatives) earlier in the morning.
Several witnesses reported the woman had been walking frantically down Franklin Parkway while scribbling on some paper shortly before the incident.
According to Corporal Dean, when he first arrived on the scene the woman sat down on a concrete pillar and was screaming about ending her life.
Dean stated that he tried to encourage her to maintain eye contact with them and not look down as Brooks negotiated with her.
In the meantime, Heard County Emergency Service personnel mobilized a rescue boat near the river in case the woman did jump successfully.
After an initial evaluation by EMS workers, the unidentified 43-year-old woman was transported to a mental health facility in Lagrange for treatment.
According to Brooks, he completed hostage and crisis negotiation classes several years ago in preparation for events such as this one.