The Douglas Bridge on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The Douglas Bridge on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Woman nearly jumps from Douglas Bridge

Authorities, concerned citizen help get her away from edge

Authorities helped get a woman down from the edge of the Douglas Bridge on Sunday night after she nearly jumped off, according to a Juneau Police Department release.

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, a JPD officer was driving across the bridge and noticed a car was stopped. The car belonged to a concerned citizen who had stopped to check on a young woman who was holding on from the outside of the railing, according to the release. The woman was “in crisis,” police say.

The woman nearly jumped from the bridge, the release states, but the officer grabbed her and held on. More officers arrived, as did personnel from Capital City Fire/Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard. JPD and CCFR responders were able to get the woman safely away from the railing. She was then taken away for a medical evaluation, police say.

Traffic flow on the bridge was stopped for a while and was restored shortly afterward. In the wake of this situation, police are reminding people that while the holidays are joyous for some, they are very difficult for others.

“The Juneau Police Department would like to remind you to be gracious to others and look for opportunities to carry other’s burdens,” the release stated.

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