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Sheriff's deputies help stop possible suicide attempts at Natchez Trace Bridge

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge is located on Hwy 96 West in Franklin.


Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are being praised for helping two young people who were reportedly about to jump from the Natchez Trace Bridge in two separate instances on Sept. 7 and 11.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Monday afternoon, Sept. 7, Deputy Houston Bagsby was on routine patrol when he stopped to check on a man who was walking slowly on the bridge. Bagsby asked him to move away from the bridge railing, but the man refused. The report stated it was clear the man was distraught and quick action was needed to save him. With the help of Deputy Keller Phillips, Bagsby was able to pull the man away from the railing.     

Then, around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Deputy Harry Bellinger answered a call at the Natchez Trace Bridge and found a woman who had driven there from out of state. According to the report, the woman said she felt like a failure in her job. Bellinger talked with the woman for about an hour trying to get her away from the edge of the bridge, and the woman finally agreed to sit down on the shoulder of the road and continue the conversation. Bellinger kept her talking to keep her distracted long enough for Corporal J.C. Knox and Deputy Chris Giannoulis to get close enough to pull her to safety.  

The man and woman were transported to a hospital for medical treatment.  Both were in their twenties.  

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