Two Ithaca Police officers are credited with saving the life of a woman attempting suicide last week.
Ithaca Police say Officers were dispatched to the Cayuga Street parking garage just before 6:30 Thursday (March 14) evening for a report of a female hanging over the railing of the top level.
Officers Carl Hubbell and Julian Byrd were first on scene, both of whom sprinted up flights of stairs to the top floor, where they say the female was “hanging backwards, head first, and looked to be struggling to hang on.”
The officers rushed over to the woman and pulled her back up over the railing and she was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, as is required by New York State mental health laws.
It was later determined she was distraught over a family issue.
IPD Chief Pete Tyler had this to say regarding the incident:
“I commend Officer Hubbell and Officer Byrd for their heroic efforts. Both officers demonstrated quick thinking, courage, and teamwork in a very stressful and dangerous situation, ultimately saving this girl’s life. Congratulations to both officers on a job well done and representing the Ithaca Police Department at the highest level.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, it’s important to know there are people who care and resources available to help you.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 by calling toll free 1-800-273-8255.