COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Coeur d' Alene
Police responded to an incident during the early evening hours on Wednesday
after a young girl dangled herself off a bridge onto oncoming traffic down
Both the Officer and Deputy that saved her life spoke to KHQ Local News
about the incident. The girl fled from the Kootenai County Medical Center after
she threatened medical staff with throwing herself of a bridge. A little while
later, that's exactly how deputies and officers found her. She straddled the
bridge from Highway 95 overlooking the eastbound lanes of I-90. At one point,
her entire body hung over the guard rail.
Deputy Laiva spoke to the girl, until Coeur d' Alene Police Officer Brooks
arrived on the scene, and then they began to work together to save her life.
Eventually, Officer Brooks was able to come behind the girl and pulled her back
over the rail to safety. She was taken back into custody and then transported
back to the Kootenai County Medical Center once again for treatment. She owes
her life to both Deputy Laiva and Officer Brooks.
The girl's name will not be released for privacy reasons.