Quick thinking and teamwork helps pull the woman to safety amid dangerous conditions
Kenosha, WI – It was a harrowing rescue mission for police officers in Kenosha on Thursday after a woman was spotted dangerously entering the rough waters of Lake Michigan claiming she wanted to end her life. thankful she is alive today thanks to the heroic efforts of the local police department.
Witnesses say the unidentified young woman was seen sitting precariously on the rocks by the shoreline before slipping into the lake. A bystander immediately called 911 alerting officers to the situation. Bodycam footage released by Kenosha PD shows the officers arriving on the scene and pleading with the woman not to go in the water.
“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” they can be heard shouting. But the woman enters anyway amid the dangerous currents and falling temperatures. She is heard screaming “Let me die! I’m not worth it!” and “I wanna die!” as the officers rush into action without hesitation.
One officer jumps into the water after her while others ready rescue equipment and call for backup. “Grab the rope! Grab the rope!” they urge the distressed woman who is struggling to stay afloat. She refuses their attempts to help at first, insisting her life has no value. But the officers refuse to give up, repeating “You are worth it!”
After several tense minutes of struggling in the choppy water, they are finally able to secure a lifeline around her and pull her to safety. Both the woman and one of the responding officers were treated for hypothermia following the ordeal.
Kenosha Police Chief Eric Larsen praised the officers for their quick response. “They utilized years of training, worked seamlessly as a team and showed incredible courage under dangerous conditions” he said. “Their actions undoubtedly saved this woman’s life.”
The community has also rallied around support for the police department on social media. One Facebook post read “Thank you KPD for never giving up and bringing her back from the brink. You guys are true heroes.” Another commented “In a dark time, these officers were shining beacons of hope. They represent the best in public service.”
While the woman’s condition is still unknown, counselors are working to ensure she gets the mental health support needed. Kenosha residents expressed their well wishes, hoping she is able to find treatment and move past this tragic incident. It serves as another reminder of the crucial role first responders play in saving lives, even in the direst of circumstances.
Social media response
Facebook post by Kenosha PD: “We are incredibly proud of our officers for their heroism today. Their quick action saved this woman from what could have been a tragic outcome. Mental health is an issue that affects so many – please seek help if you need it.”