LPD Officer Pulls Drowning Woman from River

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

LANSING - A Lansing police officer jumps into the Grand River to save a woman's life. At about 6:40PM Thursday a passerby noticed the distraught woman climbing over the railing of the Kalamazoo Street bridge near Cedar Street. As the passerby approached the woman, the woman jumped off the bridge into the river.
The passerby used her cell phone to call 911, and flagged down a passing Lansing Community College police patrol car. The LCC officer threw a rope towards the woman, but the current had taken her too far away.
Other officers were told to go north, where the current was taking the woman. Lansing Police Sergeant Guy Pace positioned himself at the end of Museum Drive and saw the woman coming his way. He and another officer threw the woman a floatation device at the end of a rope.
The woman was weak and appeared to be losing consciousness. That is when Sgt. Pace entered the river and swam to the woman. As he neared her, the woman lost consciousness and went under the water. Sgt. Pace dove under and was able to grab the woman. Pace had a rope attached to him, and he and the woman were pulled back to the riverbank.
The woman, a 43-year-old from Lansing, was taken to the hospital where she is in stable condition. Her mental condition will be evaluated as well.

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