Officer Saves Woman from Drowning

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Just after roll call starting his shift, Sgt. Guy Pace was dispatched. A witness called 911 after watching a 43-year-old woman jump off the highest point of the Kalamzoo Bridge in an attempted suicide.

"She observed her get up on the ledge. She asked her if she was alright, and that's when she dove in," said Sgt. Guy Pace of the Lansing Police Dept.

The witness waived down an LCC patrol officer, who threw in a rope. But the woman couldn't grab it.

"She was going down fast. All you could see was her head going up and down in the water," said Sgt. Pace.

The current quickly carried the woman northbound. All other LPD officers were told to respond further downstream. Sgt. Pace pulled in to the dead end off Museum Drive and made a quick decision.

"I made the decision to strip down, jump in the water and go after her. The decision was made in an instant," said Sgt. Pace.

The woman was losing consciousness in the icy water. She sunk below the surface just as Sgt. Pace reached her. With a rope, three officers on shore pulled them to safety. The woman was rushed to the hospital.

"If he didn't go after her, we'd probably be recovering a body. What he did was heroic," said Lt. Noel Garcia.

Fellow officers say Sgt. Pace went beyond the call of duty saving her life. But, the sergeant modestly says, it's all in a days work.

"It feels good. But like I said, it's another day another dollar," said Sgt. Pace.

The woman is now in stable condition and will be held for a mental evaluation.


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