PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputy is being called a hero for stopping a woman from jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Monday evening.
Corporal Glenn Finely was on his way home when he noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge and a woman sitting on the ledge with her legs dangling over the water.
Corporal Finely pulled over, got out of his vehicle and carefully approached the woman who was crying, with her hands covering her face.
He said the woman was rocking back and forth, saying “Oh my God, Oh my God.” Finely believed the 52-year-old woman was getting ready to jump from the bridge.
Corporal Finley said he spoke to the woman, but doesn’t think she heard him because of the cars passing by.
He said the woman continued to rock back and forth and that’s when he made a move to grab her.
He pulled her off the ledge, but she struggled to get free. Finely placed her in handcuffs.
Corporal Finley said the woman cried asking him to “let her die.”
The woman told Corporal Finley that she was upset over marital and personal issues.
The woman was placed in protective custody under the Baker Act.
“I’m glad I was in the right place, at the right time,” said Corporal Finley.