On Wednesday April 9th around 11:46 AM, a Pueblo police officer Alarid was contacted by two city workers who informed him they observed a male dangerously sitting on the rail of the Union Ave. Bridge with his legs hanging over the edge.
Officer Alarid immediately responded to the area and made contact with a 38 year old male who was sting on the edge getting ready to jump.
Officer Alarid began to establish a rapport with the emotional male who expressed he didn’t want to be here anymore. Over the next 15 minutes Officer Alarid was able to gain the man’s trust and calm him down. With the help of other officers, they were able to secure a cigarette from a bystander and the man agreed to come back over the railing where they continued to talk. The male was transported to a facility to receive additional assistance.
The Pueblo Police Department recognizes the need for dealing with individuals who may be in an emotional state and requires all officers to attend Crisis Intervention Team training. Officer Alarid is to be commended for his actions and for using his training to bring yesterday’s incident to a positive conclusion and for saving a man’s life.
Great Job officer Alarid, and to the other officers who assisted during this tense situation.