Video: Texas Officers Rescue Suicidal Woman Standing on Ledge of Overpass

Two Fort Worth, Texas, police officers are the recipients of immense praise after successfully getting a woman who was suicidal down from a highway overpass ledge.

In a video posted on Facebook, the two officers, identified in the video as Justin and Trey, pull up in their patrol car behind the woman's vehicle, which is stopped on the side of the highway. As the officers get out of their car, the woman jumps out of her vehicle and climbs onto the ledge of the overpass.

"Don't do it," one officer tells the woman. "What's your name?"

The woman, whose identity has not been released, warns the officers not to come any closer as they slowly walk towards her. When the woman tells the officers, "It doesn't matter," with a shaky voice, an officer responds, "It does matter."

Both officers slowly move to either side of her, stopping within feet of the woman, whose clothing and hair are blowing in the wind from being up so high.

"Take care of my dogs," she requests of the officers. "Everybody wants me dead so I'll just die."

Justin repeatedly informs the woman that nobody wants her to die and asks her to "please come down" when she tells the officers that she's scared.

"You don't want to do this," the second officer tells her. "You want to come talk to us."

As the officers have been talking to the woman and gauging the situation, they've been slowly inching closer to her until they're both within an arm's reach away. Suddenly, both officers grab each of her arms and pull the woman, who sounds like she's crying, off the ledge and onto the safety of the highway.

They handcuff the woman while asking her what's going on in her life, requesting her name, and ensuring her that they're going to get her some help. While standing with the officers next to the patrol car, Justin again tells the woman that whatever is going on in her life, killing herself is "not worth it."

Through tears, the woman repeats that everyone wants her to die, to which, Justin tells her, "I promise you that is not the case. My name's Justin and this is Trey and we don't want you to die."

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Two Forth Worth, Texas, police officers rescued a suicidal woman from a highway overpass ledge on Sunday. Fort Worth Police Department

Trey asks the woman to talk to them because they're open books who are ready and willing to listen. Newsweek reached out to the Fort Worth Police Department but did not receive a response in time for publication. It's unclear what happened after the video ends.

The video was posted on Facebook on Thursday morning and within five hours had already been shared almost 2,000 times. Users commenting on the video praised the officers for their actions and expressed their hope that the woman in the video gets the help that she needs.

"Awesome job to the two FWPD officers, Justin and Trey!" one woman commented. "I pray this woman gets the help she deserves to know her life is worth living and she does matter!"

Another woman commented that she lost both her father and her sister to suicide and commended the officers for being able to save the woman.

"I only wish people could realize they do matter," she wrote. "Things can get better."

The Forth Worth officers' heroic deed comes on the heels of the life-saving measures of another two men.

In St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Jason Gabel and Kwame Anderson, who were in a truck delivering beer, noticed a man standing on a ledge on a highway overpass. The two men pulled over, spent about an hour talking with the man and establishing a level of trust.

Ultimately, they were able to convince the man to come back onto the safety of the highway after offering to share a beer and talk. The man, who has two kids, was taken to the hospital.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day. If someone you know appears to be contemplating suicide, visit for assistance.

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