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Tinker airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge along I-40

Tinker Air Force Base. (KOKH/FILE)

The Midwest City Police Department is crediting two airmen with saving a woman's life.

Chief Brandon Clabes reports that at 1 p.m. May 10 officers were called after a woman was seen on the edge of the bridge at Interstate 40 and Air Depot who appeared that she was about to jump.

As officers arrived on scene and found that the woman had been talked to safety by Airmen Justin Phelps and Camden Rogers. The men told police that they saw the 31-year-old woman sitting on the edge of the bridge. As they talked with her they found out she was distraught over family issues and that she wanted to die.

The two were able to talk the woman off the bridge and onto the side of the road, where officers found them. The woman was taken into protective custody for mental health treatment.

Clabes penned a letter to Tinker Air Force Base Commander Col. Kenyon Bell recognizing the airmen.

"This courageous action speaks volumes for both men and also reflects highly on the United States Air Force. From a law enforcement standpoint, this mental health crisis had the strong potential of a violent and tragic outcome but was diverted through unselfish actions by active military members of Tinker Air Force Base," Clabes said in the letter.

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