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INDUSTRY - Sheriff's deputies rescued a suicidal homeless woman who was seen hanging from the Azusa Bridge overpass in City of Industry last Friday.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was hanging from the overpass near Azusa Avenue and Valley Boulevard when dispatchers received the call at about 10:10 a.m.
When deputies arrived they spotted the woman suspended outside the rails of the overpass. She was partially standing on the pavement and holding onto the rails, "as if she was in the process of jumping off," sheriff's officials said.
Deputies Lorenzo Bright and Ruben Valencia "quickly and cautiously" approached the woman from opposite directions and simultaneously grabbed both of her arms, preventing her from jumping. They pulled her over the rail and to safety.
The rescued woman is a local transient familiar to deputies from the Industry Sheriff's Station, authorities said. She was treated at the scene by L.A. County firefighters and transported to a West Covina hospital where she was admitted for a 72-hour mental observation.
Sheriff's Lt. Arthur Scott reminded local residents who need someone to talk to to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-TALK or log on to the website suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Published: Nov. 28, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 33