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Master Trooper Joe Swisher

PERU, Ind. (Mar. 11, 2016)– An Indiana State Police Trooper kept a 21-year-old Kokomo woman from jumping off a bridge into the Wabash River.

State police say Master Trooper Joe Swisher, a 21-year ISP veteran, was on U.S. 124, east of Peru, when he observed a woman who had climbed over the railing on the Wayne Street Bridge Thursday. She appeared to be preparing to jump approximately 30 feet into the river below.

Trooper Swisher stopped on the bridge and spoke to the despondent woman for about 15 minutes. She indicated she was going to harm herself by jumping. Peru Police Department officers blocked off the bridge as the trooper spoke to her.

State police say the woman said nobody cared about her. Trooper Swisher said he cared about her and extended his hand. She took his hand and Trooper Swisher assisted her from the ledge of the bridge. She hugged him after she was safe.

The woman was taken for a medical check at Dukes Memorial Hospital. She was cleared medically and then transferred to the Four County Counseling Center in Logansport.

Trooper Swisher stayed with the woman until about 7 p.m. He wanted her to know he did care about what happened to her.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the Indiana suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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