LAWRENCE, Kansas- Earlier this week, officers with the Lawrence Police Department responded to the 500 block of Vermont Street, the Southbound Kansas River Bridge, for reports of a suicidal female on the outside of the railing. “Arriving officers made contact with the female, who made statements indicating that she was suicidal. Officer Leo Souders, a 19-year veteran of the department, took quick action in securing the female, while another arriving officer, Officer John Pien, a 3-year veteran, along with a helpful citizen, pulled the female over the railing,” the agency said.

The Lawrence Police Department says they wish to publicly thank the compassionate citizens who stopped to assist in this life threatening situation, as well as to recognize the officers involved for their immediate and effective response.