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Police save teenager's life Friday

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STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -  Two police officers saved a teenager’s life in Stevens Point Friday afternoon. Police Chief Kevin Ruder says they had an unruly 15-year-old male who ran away from councilors and wanted to commit suicide.

Ruder says the boy had climbed over the rail of the Clark Street Bridge and tried to fall into the frigid waters of the Wisconsin River. “As he let go, officers secured him and ended up bringing him back on the opposite side of the railing, in essence, saving his life.” The Chief says that, “Basically, he let go of the railing as the officer grabbed him, so he was in the process of falling at the time. They secured him, the officer with the assistance of another officer and the councilor ended up pulling him up to safety.”

Officer John Moss leaned over the rail and caught the boy. Officer Joe Kramer and the boy’s counselor helped bring the youth back to the bridge deck.

Chief Ruder says the boy is now getting the help he needs. “It all boils back down to mental health issues that we face nowadays, and this is another issue of mental health that I think, as a society, we’ve got to address.”

The incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. The boy’s name is withheld, as he is a juvenile.

Ruder says the officers will be recognized for their actions at an upcoming City Council meeting.

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