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2018 jump events

updated: 03.12.18
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03.12.18: possible jumper
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03.12.18, Stephanie, I just drove over Skyway, empty car southbound...was there a jumper today?

03.12.18, anon, Today, 3/12 about 10:00am a gray/blue sedan parked on should near top of SB Skyway. No one present. Hopefully a mechanical failure only.

any more info is welcome.
03.01.18: jumper, 8:35am, male, hit water, died, body found
Norman Arthur Harris Jr., 57
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03.01.18, Mariana M., Bradenton, FL., We were driving to work on i75 NB this morning at 8:35am and right as we were at the top of the bridge we saw a white SUV stopped on NB. A male around 30 years old got out of the car, walked in front of it and jumped off the bridge immediately. He was wearing a red shirt and black shorts. We called 911 immediately.

03.01.18, Sherri H., I went over the northbound side of the bridge around 8:30 this morning. There was a large white SUV parked at the top with the flashers on. I was in the left lane so I wasn't able to see if anyone was in the vehicle. I called it in and passed the emergency vehicles heading in the opposite direction.

03.01.18, Ian, Parrish, FL., (8:45am), Commuting to work this morning I saw a white Cadillac SUV pulled over at the top of the Skyway heading Northbound with no driver. I also saw emergency personnel (Sheriff and Highway Patrol) responding to the scene. I've seen jumpers and abandoned cars several times before, and it's always very sad.

03.01.18, anon, What's going on this year?  

03.01.18, TM, Bradenton, Fl., I witnessed the tragedy this morning exactly as Mariana described. What struck me was how calmly everything unfolded. He didn’t pause for even a second. Naively, up until the moment he stepped off I kept thinking that he must have run out of gas and was going to the phone to call for assistance. Now I only wish that were true. My prayers go to those he left behind.

03.01.18, Bob S., facebook, I called it in. It was a New Cadillac Escalade on the Northbound side.

any more info is welcome.
03.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0837, 0841, 0h04m

03.01.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0838, 1212, 3h34m
03.01.18, IONTBfb/, Male jumper about 8:35 this morning. Vehicle left in northbound lane. Body recovered by civilian boater. Deceased
  Norman Arthur Harris Jr.

03.12.18, Tim C.,, I can't stand going over that ever since I seen the person jump to his death on 3-1-18 I seen his feet leave the wall an fly off the bridge I can't get that vision out of my head

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02.17.18: jumper, 12:30pm, male, hit water, died, body found
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02.17.18, Sonya M., St Petersburg, Activity on Skyway, Southbound at the top of the bridge gray van unoccupied with police activity later: (male, died, body found), Saw USCG bring the body to O'Neills around 1:30p.m.

02.17.18, Marlene A., fb plugin, We were stuck in traffic going over Skyway today. Abandoned car at top of bridge, lane closed, multiple police officers looking like they were investigating a possible jumper.

02.17.18, TJ, St Petersburg, FL., regarding: 2.17.2018 jumper body recovered, I was at maximo park again today exercising and seen the st Pete fire boat, FWC, Sheriff and Eckerd college boats all go racing out with sirens blaring in a single file line towards the skyway. About 1:30pm all four boats returned the fire boat, sheriffs boat headed to O'Neill's. So I walk with another patron over to where they dock to show him it was another jumper 2nd one in a week. The body was bagged on a back board. The body was rather large and appeared to be a male. Watch the officer and fire fighter open the bag to exam the body and both of them started to gag. I also spoke to a mother and her daughter who seen the car on top of the bridge and came to O'Neill's to witness the body laying on the ground being examined. The look of the daughters face was stoic. Sad to see two people in one week be delivered in a body bag.

any more info is welcome.
02.17.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 1232, 1814, 6h42m
 02.17.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: First responders responding to civilian vessel under the Skyway with a person that reportedly jumped from the southbound lanes.  
• Maria P., We had just anchored under the bridge in our boat to fish when I saw something out of the corner of my eye and then a huge splash .. the boat next to us said "that was a body" and went in the direction of the tide. I'm assuming he got the body because all the rescue people came right away. it was very shocking and such a sad day.
• Chad J., I was there as well, we were coming up under the bridge from west and saw it as it happened.
• Sherill D., My husband watched him climb over the barricade, and saw his face just before he jumped. He’s having a rough night, can’t get it out of his head.
02.18.18, facebook, Sonya M., I saw it yesterday so today at church I just thought about him. What was so bad? What monsters lied within? It just breaks my heart to know how alone he must have felt.

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02.10.18: jumper, 10:00am, male, hit water, died, body found
Clifford Joseph Hatina, 43
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02.10.18, Elena J. D., Riverview, FL., facebook, Reports of unattended truck on bridge and police on scene looking over. Traffic backed up.

02.10.18, Mark B., facebook, Someone just went

02.10.18, Bea, St Petersburg, (11:00am), Was just driving over the bridge going North, saw a black pick up truck, about 5 police cars, 1 ambulance on North side of bridge and 1 small fire truck on other side. Police were going through the pick up truck and there were about 5 rescue and policeman looking over the side of the bridge. That's all I have.

02.10.18, Unknown, St. Pete., Black pick up truck was parked on the highest point of the bridge today around 10:30am. 4 police on scene all looking down at the water when we drove by.

02.10.18, G., Palmetto, Empty car at top of bridge with door open.

02.10.18, Chris, Bradenton, This morning at approx 11:00 am crossing nb, ambulance and police car at top along with an unoccupied black truck. Officer was observed to be examining the crisis phone further along the bridge. Upon our return around 2:00 pm, the truck was being loaded onto a flatbed. It’s a gut wrenching feeling to think someone has jumped.

02.10.18, TJ, St Petersburg, Fl., regarding: Jumper white male recovered, 2.10.2018 Standard call out for a jumper in the water around 10am. Was at maximo park exercising seen fire truck, ambulance and several squads responding to top of skyway. Also two units responded to fireboat and responded lights and siren, SRT from Eckhart college responded soon after. About 20 minutes later Pinellas county sheriff's boat responded as well. Fireboat and sheriff boat returned to O'Neill's about 11am with recovered body onboard. I was exercising with a friend and stated there was a jumper she was in disbelief and didn't believe me. so I said let's take a walk over by the dock where they return to. And we witnessed the unloading of the body and the detective's examing the body. white male, middle age, light khaki shorts and looked like a blue shirt but it was hard to be certain as it was pulled up in the body bag. My friend broke down in tears just at the site of how distorted the body looked laying in the bag from impact with the water. We had a long conversation about what she had seen it was her first experience seeing a deceased person and a person in a body bag. We also had a talk about suicide. People life is precious and short already. No matter the situation the pain your feeling is temporary and things will get brighter. I live by this simple rule. If you feel like quitting finish today no matter how bad it is and quit tomorrow. And when tomorrow comes tell yourself the same thing I'll finish today and quit tomorrow. You will start to see the light and no matter how tough things get if you quit tomorrow you will be successful.

02.12.18, Scott, (02.10.18, 11:45am), I drove past a fire chief truck and he and another guy were looking over the edge. The were next to an abandoned vehicle.

any more info is welcome.
02.10.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, REFER - FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SKYWAY BG, 1002, 1005, 0h03m

02.10.18, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1006, 1608, 6h02m
 Clifford Hatina   Clifford Joseph Hatina

02.11.18, April B., Personal dear friend of mine. God rest his soul.

02.16.18, anon, Cliff hatina you have always been a little brother to me may you and that big heart rest with Jesus fly high man you will never be forgotten

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02.04.18: probable jumper, 1:30pm
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02.05.18, Jamie, Bradenton, regarding: Jumper on 2/4 around 1:30pm, My family and I were on our way home (Bradenton) from Odessa. It was super windy and as we were traveling SB on the bridge, I saw emergency vehicles on the north pier with first responders looking into the water. Once at the top of the bridge we saw an ambulance, fire truck and police at the top- no abandoned car- all talking in a group and two looking over edge. Very sad sight.

02.18.18, anon, All the usual were called out for a jumper. EMS were on the bridge for about two hours looking over the edge. A St. Pete ambulance also headed over to Maximo park but I cannot be certain of the outcome. You should put a “probable” status on your website.

any more info is welcome.
01.31.18: possible jumper, 5:30pm, male
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01.31.18, Brenda W., facebook, I saw a man parked at the top of the Skyway about 530pm today. He ran across both lanes and jumped on the wall then i drove by. I hope he is ok and was just being stupid?

any more info is welcome.
01.31.18: possible jumper, 6:00am
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01.31.18, Brian, Bradenton, Just seen a possible jumper on top of the skyway bridge. Silver PT cruiser. No one inside. Fire dept and police on scene 6 am

01.31.18, c., facebook, Southbound just past the hump. Pt cruiser type car. Right now. Not sure it was anything bc of road ranger but figured I'd send. I didn't see anyone in car  
any more info is welcome.
01.22.18: possible breakdown
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01.22.18, Will G., Wimauma, FL., (4:30pm), Motorcycle stopped @ top of the bridge.

any more info is welcome.
01.10.18: attorney blog - Increase in Skyway Suicides Bring Awareness to Liability Issues
01.10.18,, The Sunshine Skyway is one of the most impressive sights in Tampa Bay. Passing through the waters of Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties, the bridge is 430 feet tall and spans four miles across. This makes it a perfect place to catch a stunning view of the breathtaking scenery and sparkling waters. Even Floridians who hate heights— and those who remember the horror of the original bridge’s collapse in 1980 - can probably admit that the bridge is part of our iconic landscape. At the very least, it is a convenient way to get across the bay.
But the Sunshine Skyway can also be a place of darkness. Last year, 13 people died by jumping off the bridge, making 2017 the worst year for bridge suicides since 2003. (worst year for jumper activity in general, since the bridge opened in 1954.)

Suicide in Tampa Bay and Beyond
In 2017, twelve people committed suicide by jumping from the Sunshine Skyway. A thirteenth death is unconfirmed. The victims include a 64-year-old man, a 55-year-old husband, and a 28-year-old man, potentially racked with guilt over his involvement in a fatal crash. Only five of the deaths were women. This is on par with national statistics, which report that men are 3.57 times more likely than women to die by suicide.
Across the nation, suicide is a major issue. It is the 10th leading cause of death, with 44,965 Americans dying every year. It affects people of all ages, genders, and races. But certain groups, like middle aged white men, LGBT+ youth, and people struggling with substance abuse, are more prone to suicide.

Lawsuit over Sunshine Skyway Death
As these statistics show, Tampa Bay is far from the only place in the United States with a suicide issue. But in the face of this recent rash of suicides, some Tampa Bay residents want to see changes. One victim’s widow is even taking legal action to draw attention to the topic of suicide in Tampa Bay. Two days before her husband jumped from the Sunshine Skyway in 2017, he was released from a local hospital. He had been committed by the Baker Act after a previous suicide attempt. His wife is now suing the hospital. She believes that it was negligent to release him so quickly, considering his previous attempt and mental state.
This case is unique. However, it’s not the first time a medical provider has been accused in a patient’s suicide. In 2008, a lawsuit over a Florida woman’s suicide was brought to the Florida Supreme Court. There, it was found that her doctor’s failure to see her, even after being informed that the patient had stopped taking her medications, played a role in her death.

Determining a Doctor’s Role
Determining negligence for a patient’s suicide can be a nuanced topic. But like in any other case involving a medical provider’s liability, there must be proof that:
• A doctor-patient relationship existed
• The medical professional violated the standard of care
• The patient suffered harm
• The violation directly caused the patient’s harm
Suicide is often a complex topic, and never an easy one. When a case involves trying to hold someone else, like a medical provider, liable for a loved one’s suicide, it becomes even more complex, although it is still important to seek justice, compensation, and answers. While 2017 might have been a bad year for Tampa Bay area suicides from the Sunshine Skyway, there is still hope that critical topics, like the role of medical providers in a patient’s suicide, will be addressed in 2018.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or ideation or know someone who needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
(curious if a case could be made against an entity, that created a structure that is a historically known and accepted draw for suicides, then doing squat little in an attempt to stop them.
#calltoactionmore suicide prevention helpthe baker act)

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01.09.18: article - Could netting prevent suicides on Sunshine Skyway Bridge?
01.09.18,, PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Two of America’s iconic bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the George Washington Bridge in New York, are undergoing major changes.
Both projects include the addition of a unique netting to help prevent suicides. Safety netting is being added along the outer edges of both high-span bridges.
The changes have News Channel 8 wondering about the possibility of one day seeing safety netting added to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, where three (correction: 13) people ended their lives by suicide in 2017 and 12 others committed suicide in 2016, according to The Florida Highway Patrol.
If there were to be any structural changes to the Skyway, they’d come through Florida’s Department of Transportation.
So, we reached out to FDOT to ask about the possibility.
The organization quickly responded and we learned a safety net concept is something the agency has reviewed before. “The safety of the traveling public on the state’s bridges is a top priority of the Florida Department of Transportation. The department has looked at a fencing system on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the past, however, FDOT has not found a system that would work and also allow inspection of the bridge.”
Adding more weight to each side of the bridge could possibly create instability for the mega structure.
One safety feature that’s helped save lives and has been in place for many years are the 24-hour emergency phones mounted at the top of each span.
Just by picking up one of those phones, that person will immediately be connected to a caring counselor at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. “If they’re having thoughts of suicide and they’re aware that a resource is available and they will not be judged and somebody will speak to them and care about them. It’s very successful,” says Ken Gibson with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. (if the suicidal uses the phone. most do not.)
If you, or anyone you know, is feeling desperate and just needs someone to talk to, simply dial 211. That will connect you to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s full time staff of sincere and compassionate counselors.

(this barrier would work. it hinges for inspections and deters jumpers. #calltoaction)

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01.08.18: article - Skyway suicides may have hit 15-year-high
01.08.18,, By Jonathan Capriel, Times Staff Writer,
A few left their driver door open and motor running. One man pocketed his keys. Another wore a Superman T-shirt when he plunged nearly 200 feet into the mouth of Tampa Bay. One woman may have taken her dog with her. Another person wrote "sorry" and "time to go."
An average of once a month last year, people committed suicide by falling from the Sunshine Skyway bridge, and authorities are trying to determine whether a 13th person also died that way.
Not since 2003 have 13 people fallen to their deaths from the Skyway. In the years since then, at least 130 more followed, according to information provided by the Florida Highway Patrol and medical examiners offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties.
The last man to drop in 2017 was William Robeysek, 64, the morning after Thanksgiving, his family said. Troopers found his car on the bridge. A boater found his body on the first Sunday of December on an island about 5 miles west of there. Dental records showed it was him, but authorities await test results.
"I miss him terribly," said Ashley Stevens, 65, his girlfriend of 13 years. "I have no idea why he would leave me."
Robeysek was unmarried, had no children and was recently placed on disability benefits. He didn’t leave a note.
• • •
Most last year did not leave notes. Those who did left many questions unanswered.
The first to fall in 2017 died a year ago Friday. David Prior, then 55, worked as an investment adviser and had two children and a wife. Debra Prior, 53, said she and her teenage daughter suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and avoid the bridge.
Her husband left a note, but she still doesn’t know why he chose the Skyway.
"Maybe he thought it would be the fastest way to go," she said. "He used to jump out of planes in the army. He was a Green Beret Ranger."
Two days before he went off the Skyway, David Prior was released from St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he had been committed under the Baker Act after slitting his wrists, his wife said. She’s suing the hospital, alleging negligence.
Therapists have told Debra Prior not to attempt to figure out why he killed himself.
"We are never going to know what was in his mind," she said.
• • •
Most suicide is a solitary act, often by gunshot or strangulation, said Frederic Desmond, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida. Falling from a high platform is less common.
A public suicide attempt may be a last chance to reach out for human contact.
"It could also be a last-minute cry for help," he said. "They might hope that someone driving will stop them."
Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, avoids publicly discussing Skyway suicides because she doesn’t want to plant ideas in anyone’s head.
"We want to have open conversations about why people contemplate suicide and we need it to be more socially acceptable for people to reach out," she said.
The center gets thousands of calls each year from people contemplating suicide. A small percentage of suicides are from the Skyway, less than 3 percent in 2016.
Special phones installed on the bridge in 1996 (correction: 1999) connect directly to the Crisis Center, but in 2017, only "silent calls" came through. The people on the bridge did not speak.
"They might be trying to make a last-minute connection with someone," Reynolds said. "It could be that they want someone to know they are up there."
When someone uses one of those phones, the center’s staff alerts authorities. Officers stop at least five suicide attempts each year on the bridge. On Tuesday, a Pinellas deputy used his vehicle to pin a woman’s leg to the side of the concrete barrier, preventing her from throwing herself over. After he handcuffed her, she continued to say, "Let me jump, let me jump," the deputy said.
Five of the deaths in 2017 were women.
• • •
Experts say suicide doesn’t solve problems, and often hurts those left behind.
In May, Pinellas Park police charged Ryan Mogensen in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist, 61-year-old John Ryan.
In June, Mogensen pleaded not guilty, but the case never went to trial.
On a dark night in July, he leaped off the Skyway bridge. He was 28.
The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office formally abandoned the case.
A medical examiner’s report describes a suicide note Mogensen posted on Facebook. He called himself a veteran and said he had been charged with a crime. He wrote that he loved his family and apologized to them.
When John Ryan’s wife, Rosamme Ryan, 54, found out that Mogensen had killed himself, she initially took solace in the idea that he could not hurt anyone else, she said. But in the months since police found his body, her attitude has shifted.
"That night, it felt like justice," she said. "But the further away I get from it, I realize I’m never going to face him. I can never ask him why he hit my husband."

Need help?
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to local crisis counselors.
• Reach out to trusted friends or family members and talk to them.
• Find a therapist or support group. A good starting point is to call 2-1-1.

more suicide help links and services. seek them out and use them.
2017 was not simply a 15 year high, but an all-time high, considering all the jumper activity, as compared to 2003 and every year since the bridge opened.

2017: 13 suicides, 29 possible, 1 survivor, 4 saves, and the skyway uber incident.
2003: 13 suicides, 1 possible, 4 saves

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01.02.18: jumper save, female, 11:50pm
unknown, 50
01.02.18,,, 18-002 Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Woman From Jumping Off Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Deputy Heroism
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
50 -year-old white female (Lives in Tampa, name withheld)
Deputy Damon Laney
Hire Date: 02/10/2012
Age: 37
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy pulled a woman off the ledge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, likely saving her life.
The incident occurred about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
The incident occurred at the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge located at I-275, in Hillsborough County.
According to deputies, Deputy Damon Laney was driving to an off duty work detail, northbound across the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Deputy Laney noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge with its hazards on. Deputy Laney turned on his emergency lights and started to pull behind the vehicle. The driver, a 50-year-old Tampa woman exited the vehicle and ran towards the outside barrier wall of the bridge. As she attempted to climb over the wall and jump, Deputy Laney having no time to exit his vehicle, used his vehicle to trap her legs between the push bumper and the wall. When Deputy Laney exited his vehicle, the woman freed herself and was completely over the wall with the exception of one arm. Deputy Laney grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back over the wall where she continued to struggle until being handcuffed.
She was not injured during the incident.
Deputy Laney detained the woman while she cried and said, “just, let me jump.”
The woman later informed Deputy Laney she was upset over personal issues.
Deputies took the woman into protective custody under the Baker Act.
Deputy Laney is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit, he has been with the agency for 5 years.

any more info is welcome.
01.02.18, IONTBfb/, Skyway: Pinellas Deputy detains female after a brief scuffle atop the northbound lanes of the Skyway Bridge. Watch for delays in the area. later: Appear deputy pulled up to a car stopped on bridge. Most likely with suicidal intentions. Investigation underway.

   Kyle D., I passed by before the police arrived. She was visibly upset and pacing outside her car and peering over the edge at the top of the span with no emergency signals. She resisted because she wanted to be where she was.
   Keith M., Holy hell I passed this woman's car on my way home before deputies got there. It was a small red car.

01.03.18,, Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Woman From Jumping Off Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Pinellas Deputy Damon Laney grabbed a 50 year-old suicidal woman as she attempted to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge late last evening.
According to deputies, Deputy Damon Laney was driving to an off duty work detail, northbound across the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at about 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Deputy Laney noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge with its hazards on. Deputy Laney turned on his emergency lights and started to pull behind the vehicle.
The driver, a 50-year-old Tampa woman exited the vehicle and ran towards the outside barrier wall of the bridge. As she attempted to climb over the wall and jump, Deputy Laney having no time to exit his vehicle, used his vehicle to trap her legs between the push bumper and the wall.
When Deputy Laney exited his vehicle, the woman freed herself and was completely over the wall with the exception of one arm. Deputy Laney grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back over the wall where she continued to struggle until being handcuffed.
She was not injured during the incident.
Deputy Laney detained the woman while she cried and said, “just, let me jump.”
The woman later informed Deputy Laney she was upset over personal issues.
Deputies took the woman into protective custody under the Baker Act.
The 37 year-old deputy is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit and has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for 5 years. (article includes police scanner audio.)

01.03.18,, PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A deputy is being regarded as a hero after rescuing a woman just seconds before she attempted to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened around noon Tuesday afternoon.
37-year-old Deputy Damon Laney was driving while he was off-duty when he noticed a car that was pulled along the northbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway bridge at I-275 with their hazards on.
Laney started to pull his car behind the vehicle with his emergency lights on when he saw a 50-year-old woman get out of the car and run towards the barrier wall of the bridge.
Having no time to leave his car, Laney quickly sprung into action and used his car to trap the woman's legs between the bumper of the car and the barrier wall.
The woman found a way to free herself before he could get out of his car and started to jump over the wall. Laney was able to grab the woman by her waist and pull her back over the barrier, where she continued to struggle against him, crying, "Just let me jump."
Thankfully, the woman was not harmed in the incident and she later told the deputy she had been upset about personal issues. She was placed under the Baker Act and put into protective custody.
Deputy Laney has been working in the sheriff's office since 2012 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit.
MORE: Suicide and the dark side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Skyway is the number one bridge for suicide on the East Coast. In 2016, there were 12 suicides, 24 possible suicides, 6 saves, and 1 survivor. There have been 100 suicides in the last decade.
MORE: The website is dedicated to reporting on, educating and ideally stopping jumpers. (well look at that. thanks,, yes we are.)

02.08.18,, Pinellas deputy receives Governor's Medal Of Heroism for stopping Skyway jumper. (with video)

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