(Meredith/KCRA) -- A woman is standing at the edge of a bridge overlooking the American River when the police officer arrives. A concerned caller had called in to report a woman in crisis.
She climbs onto the narrow ledge. The officer pleads with her to get down, and asks her what’s wrong.
"Hold on, dear. Don't do that. Don't do that. Get on this side. Don't do it. What's wrong, honey? What's wrong?"
For two minutes, he talks to her, trying to figure out what’s wrong. She doesn’t respond, but when she gets down off the ledge, he sees an opportunity. He sprints to her and tackles her to the ground.
Now, he’s being credited with possibly saving her life.
Body camera footage of the dramatic scene was released by the Sacramento Police department this week, showing the officer's calm, decisive action to save a woman in crisis from possibly jumping from a bridge on Highway 160 in California.
"He saw a period in time where he had to take action, and he didn't hesitate and took action and was able to detain that woman,” Sgt. Bryce Heinlein of the Sacramento Police told KCRA.
The officer was able to rely on his training, reports KCRA. Sacramento’s police department trains for these particular situations, starting in 2015 with eight-hour classes on mental crises and moving to 40-hour crisis intervention courses within the last year.
"Officers are actually role-playing with actors to try to defuse situations verbally,” Heinlein said.
The officer who possibly saved the woman’s life isn’t taking any credit, either. He’s asked to stay anonymous.