BOSSIER Town, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Bossier Town law enforcement officers and a excellent Samaritan are getting honored by the metropolis council for their efforts soon after preserving a lady from jumping off a bridge earlier this month.
Corporal Matthew Bragg and Rawlis Leslie Jr. received a standing ovation, as they stood before the Bossier Metropolis council assembly Tuesday. They were honored with the Everyday living Preserving Award for their heroic steps on June 1. Leslie’s award reads:
“Your swift and courageous steps with no regard to your own basic safety when serving to two law enforcement officers June 1, 2021 on the Shreveport Barksdale Bridge, resulted in conserving the everyday living of a girl who was in fantastic distress. On behalf of the citizens of Bossier Town, we would like to present you with this Daily life Saving Award.”
The two adult males have been overcome with gratitude.
“It’s certainly a wonderful day,” explained Corporal Matthew Bragg. “I suggest, when I initial satisfied this male, it was a incredibly difficult time.”
“He was the proper human being at the proper time. When I was holding onto that younger woman, I was praying someone would display up and assistance, and they despatched me the largest person doable. And I desired that at the time.”
When requested about why he pulled in excess of to aid Bragg, Leslie says the urge to support came from a own knowledge.
“I’ve been there ahead of, and I will just pray that another person would pull me around,” reported Leslie. “You know, just metaphorically speaking, if I get to that level yet again in my daily life.”
This is the 2nd time Corporal Bragg has gained the Lifestyle Preserving Award, his 1st was again in 2009.
On June 1, officers responded to a suspicious particular person complaint on the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge that led to a extraordinary chain of activities.
Police say when Cpl. Mathew Bragg arrived on the scene, he identified an upset female stepping on to the ledge of the bridge over the Red River.
In the video above, the female appears to posture herself to leap, the Cpl. Bragg moves in, holding on to her to reduce her from slipping into the swift-shifting h2o.
After about 40 seconds, officer Bailey arrived on the scene to assist, but the two of them were not able to pull the female from the ledge.
Even though Bragg and Bailey waited for added officers to show up, Leslie saw the officers desired assistance and pulled in excess of to support them.
The female experienced no physical accidents, and she was taken to Willis-Knighton Bossier for analysis.