Lubbock police officer saves teenager's life - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/3/10

Lubbock police officer saves teenager's life

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police Officers respond to thousands of calls a week, and most will tell you every day is different. But LPD says one troubled teen owes her life to officer Garret Winters, and his dash cam video captured the dramatic rescue.

"Officers go into work every day and they really don't know what's ahead of them for the day," said Captain Greg Stevens.

Lubbock Police Officer Garret Winters was responding to a call around 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. He drove up to the overpass at North Loop 289 and MLK, when he saw a 17-year-old girl sitting on the edge, ready to jump. "There's no way to really appreciate or understand the thought process or that situation without having to actually stand there and face it," said Stevens.

Stevens says Winters took his time and tried to talk to the girl. Winters kept inching closer, even though she was telling him to stay back. Stevens says Winters remaining calm, cool, and collected, only helped the situation. "I don't think any amount of classroom training or even some hands on training can really prepared officers for every single thing that they are going to face," said Stevens.

Once the girl looked away Winters grabbed her arm and yanked her to safety. "Officer Winters did a very good job," said Stevens.

The 17-year-old girl was taken to a hospital and given an evaluation. Officer Winters' quick thinking could qualify him for a lifesaving award.

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