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Ada police officer saves woman from jumping off a bridge


ADA, OK -- On Friday afternoon, police and other law enforcement responded to Sandy Creek Bridge on Highway 3 West where they found a woman standing over the railing.

"She was sitting on the railing facing south, and she was pretty upset," Ada Police Officer, Brian Tomsovic, said. "She was crying and she wasn't making a whole lot of sense."

Tomsovic says the woman was upset over a recent breakup and was threatening to jump off.

Tomsovic spoke to the woman for nearly 20 minutes.
Ultimately, he gave her his phone so she could talk to a family member, and that's when he reached for her.

"I knew I could grab her," Tomsovic said. "I figured I had faster hands than she does. I just figured something bad is going to happen if I don't get her off the railing so I took a chance."

That chance saved the woman's life.
Sargeant Dewayne Campbell was the other officer on the scene.
He says he recommended Tomsovic for the State of Oklahoma Life Saving Award.

"I feel like its our duty that when an officer does their job, and exceeds the expectations of the everyday job that he should be rewarded for doing that," said Campbell.

Campbell says in his 13 years of working with the Ada Police he has never experienced anything like that.

Many have congratulated the rookie, but he downplays the act of heroism.

"I don't know if that necessarily applies, like I said there were 20 guys out there doing what they're supposed to be doing so if there are any heroes, there are 20 heroes. But at the end of the day the woman is alive and I think that's the end goal," Tomsovic said.


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