A group of truckers in Omaha, Neb., took the opportunity to help officers find a peaceful solution during a mental health crisis.
According to Omaha Police, around 10 a.m. on August 15, officers responded to a “welfare check” call on I-680. Upon arrival, officers saw a woman standing outside a fence on a bridge over the Interstate Highway. According to police reports, the woman “appeared to be thinking about jumping.”
That’s when some quick thinking may have saved the day. Police say officers and members of the Nebraska State Patrol worked with the drivers of several tractor-trailers to assist them. The drivers parked their trucks under the bridge, giving officers better access to the woman while blocking traffic. Members of the Omaha Fire Department used a ladder placed on one of the trucks to help the woman down from the bridge.
Authorities say the woman was not injured in the incident. However, she was taken to hospital and placed under protection. The incident led police to halt traffic on I-680 northbound and southbound for about an hour.
Cody Thomas, director of public relations at NSP, praised the teamwork displayed by everyone involved in the rescue.
“There was great cooperation, not only from the truckers, but also from all motorists in stopped traffic to get the trucks through,” Thomas told Land Line. “We are grateful for the incredible teamwork of first responders, truckers and the public in this situation and even more grateful for a safe outcome.”
A great team effort to help someone in need! Grateful for a safe resolution.
Don’t forget to dial @988Lifeline help.
— Omaha Police Department (@OmahaPolice) August 16, 2022
Kent Grisham, president of the Nebraska Trucking Association, was not surprised by the drivers’ actions. He says helping those in need just comes with the trucking job.
“Normal for the course. It’s really no surprise when I see photos or videos on social media of truckers doing the right thing,” Grisham told KETV News. “It’s really part of the culture and people don’t realize there’s this long history of truckers doing great things on the national highway.”
If you or someone you know is going through a mental health crisis, you can find help here or by dialing 988. LL