Four Bath-area law enforcement officers were honored Saturday night for their actions saving the lives of two women who attempted to jump from the Sagadahoc Bridge last year.
Sgt. Nathan Gould and Officer Nick Green of the Bath Police Department, as well as Deputy Matthew Sharpe and Deputy Virgil “Andy” Anderson of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, received Lifesaving awards, Bath police Chief Michael Field said.
At 1 a.m. on May 26, Gould, Sharpe and Anderson were called to the bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Kennebec River from Bath to Woolwich, for a report of a woman sitting on the railing, Field wrote in a nomination letter to the MCPA.
Sharpe began speaking to the woman as Anderson approached her from one side and Gould from the other.
“At this time, she was leaning backwards toward the river,” Field wrote. The woman was on the outside of the bridge railing, according to the incident report.
Sharpe, Anderson and Gould all grabbed the woman at the same time and pulled her back over the railing to safety, Field wrote.
A month later, Green went to the bridge at 10:06 p.m. Jan 25 after police received a report that a woman was leaning over the railing.
Green found the woman’s legs up on the second rail of the railing, and observed her “standing with her hands pressed together as in prayer,” Field wrote. As Green approached her, the woman said, “You can’t stop me from going over,” let her feet go and began falling over the side of the bridge.
Green was “able to quickly grab her thigh and pin her against the railing so she wouldn’t fall,” he wrote. Green then pulled the woman to the sidewalk to wait for other officers to arrive.
Both women were taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
In memos announcing their commendations, Field called the Bath officers’ actions “exemplary.”
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