Ithaca Police save 17-year-old's life

By Anna Norris

Ithaca Police save 17-year-old's life

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The actions of Ithaca Police Officers saved a young woman's life Wednesday morning, as she hung from a railing on the top floor of a parking garage.

Around 9:47 a.m., police responded to a call of a woman climbing over a railing on the seventh level of the Cayuga Street Parking Garage in Ithaca, possibly suicidal.

Police rushed to the scene and found a 17-year-old woman dangling over the edge of the parking garage, approximately 90 to 100 feet in the air, and struggling to hang on.

"These officers responded quickly to a dangerous situation that likely would’ve resulted in the death of a young, distraught woman," said Ithaca Police Chief John Barber.

According to the police report, Officer Derrick Moore was the first on scene and began calling out to the woman from the ground, urging her to hold on.

While Moore yelled to the woman, Investigator Mike Gray arrived and raced to the top level. He found the woman's backpack near the railing, then noticed the woman's finger tips on the railing.

Investigator Don Barker and Officer Kevin Slattery arrived shortly after Gray to assist.

While Gray and Barker grabbed the woman's arms, Slattery secured the legs of both investigators in order to avoid all three from falling to the ground.

Gray, Barker, Slattery and Moore successfully recovered the woman and she was transported to Cayuga Medical center for a mental evaluation.

"The officers worked together as a team and saved a human life. I am impressed and grateful for their dedicated service to our community," said Barber. "Please join me in thanking these fine officers for making a difference today, and everyday."