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Rangers Successfully Intervene In Suicide Attempt

Amistad National Recreation Area

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Rangers were dispatched to the Highway 277 bridge over Lake Amistad late last Saturday night to investigate reports that had come in regarding a woman standing on the bridge, crying and looking down towards the water. Rangers Andrew McGahan and Gordon Olson found the woman standing on the ledge of the bridge. She at first refused to move to safety, but McGahan was able to get her to step away from the edge by using the ruse that he was afraid of heights. The two rangers were then able to calm the woman. They determined that she had intended to kill herself by either jumping off of the bridge or jumping in front of a passing semi. They took her to a local hospital, where she voluntarily consented to getting assistance.  The woman told rangers that she was despondent over the recent death of her 25-year-old son and the serious illnesses of other family members.



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