Alaska troopers grab suicidal man on bridge

Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers said they held onto a suicidal man through a chain link fence for half an hour to keep him from plunging into the Chena River.

Several people called 911 Friday night to say the man was hanging from the fence where the Mitchell Expressway passes over the river. Sgt. Chad Goeden was the first to arrive on scene, and reached his fingers through the fence to grab the man's fleece jacket.

The man began kicking and fighting, and Goeden held on as three other troopers, two Fairbanks police officers and other responders arrived to join in the rescue effort.

At one point, rescuers managed to loop a rope through the chain link fence and around the man as he continued to fight to get free. They eventually used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the fence and pull the man to safety.

He was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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