By: Jarret Romanello, The St. Lucie Post
June 15, 2021
A Fort Pierce Police Officer saved a woman from jumping off the Graham Road – I-95 overpass this morning.
A concerned passerby called 911 at 10:30 AM, after seeing a woman leaning over a bridge praying.
Moments later, Fort Pierce Police Officers Miklosh and Willis located the woman with assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
“She was distraught and upset,” Officer Miklosh recalls. Miklosh, who has a fear of heights, talked to the woman on the elevated structure while Troopers and Deputies shut down traffic – as a precaution – on the busy highway.
“My main concern was that she got off the bridge before going over the bridge,” Miklsoh said. While Officer Miklosh talked to the woman, she walked across the street and threw her leg over the concrete barrier.
Officer Milkosh quickly sprang into action, grabbing her just as she began to roll her body over the ledge.
“In similar situations, almost 80% of these encounters end unfavorably. Officer Miklosh’s quick decision-making saved this woman’s life,” Fort Pierce Police Public Affairs Manager Curtis Jennings said.
The woman was safely taken to a medical facility by the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office.
Officers Miklosh and Willis have been partners for 3 ½ years and credit the trust they’ve developed between each other with the result of the life-threatening encounter. “I’m happy the woman didn’t hurt herself, and I’m glad my partner remained safe, Officer Willis told The St. Lucie Post.