Captain Monica Alexander
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*** For Immediate Release***
WSP Trooper Assists Distraught Pedestrian From Bridge
King County -- A sergeant with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) helped rescue a distraught teenager from serious injury this morning on the 1st Ave. Bridge in Seattle. WSP dispatch originally received multiple phone calls regarding a young female, who was in distress while standing on the bridge. Sergeant Dan Hefton, a supervisor of the District 2 (King County) motorcycle unit, happened to be under the bridge at the time of the call.
Sergeant Hefton arrived several minutes later and contacted the individual, who Hefton described as upset and confused. "When arriving, I didn't know whether she was going to jump off the bridge or jump into traffic."
Hefton put his hand out and asked the pedestrian if she was "OK." The pedestrian immediately embraced Sergeant Hefton. He and the pedestrian walked off the bridge to an accompanying patrol car where she took shelter.
It appears the young female was suffering from a panic attack, which caused her to become upset. She was later transported and released to a friend.