We have to salute some area police officers today for saving a mans life in Minden.
At about 11pm Wednesday night a man was on the LA Highway 371 overpass at I-20 and he was preparing to jump.
SGT Hackett and OFC Smith were the first to arrive on the scene. Other Minden officers shut down I-20 eastbound to prevent injury.
SGT Hackett and OFC Smith saw the suicidal man straddling the concrete barrier yelling that he wanted to kill himself. They were able to convince the man to pull one leg back over the barrier. However, the man refused to move any further until he talked to LT Tokia Whiting-Harrison. Officers called LT Harrison, who was off duty at the time. She arrived on scene in less than 10 minutes.
She was able to calm the suicidal man down and convince him to move away from the edge. The man was then transported to an area hospital for care.
LT Whiting-Harrison is well known and admired School Resource Officer. She regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty for the citizens of Minden. In doing so, she saved a mans life.

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