TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Temple police Officers Emiliy LaBruzzo and Bryan Pedigo are credited with saving the life of a 15-year-old Central Texas girl “experiencing an emotional crisis” who was standing over the railing of an overpass Sunday night.
Temple police Officers Bryan Pedigo and Emiliy LaBruzzo. (Temple Police Department photos)
"These two officers did an excellent job working together to resolve this situation and save this young woman's life," interim Police Chief Jim Tobin said Tuesday.
The officers were dispatched at around 9 p.m. Sunday in response to a report that someone was standing over the railing of the East Avenue H bridge in Temple, police said Tuesday.
They made contact with the unidentified teenager and while LaBruzzo talked to the girl and kept her attention, Pedigo was able to grab her around the waist and pull over back over the rail to safety.
"I let her know that I knew what was going on and that I was there to help her and I told her I was approaching her slowly and if she wanted me to stop I would stop," LaBruzzo said.
Once they had pulled her to safety, LaBruzzo says the two officers and bystanders embraced the young girl.
"I held her and I said 'I got you and we're going to take care of you,'" she said.
The two officers have been nominated for the Temple Police Department’s Life-Saving Award.
LaBruzzo joined the department in 2019.
Pedigo has been with the department for five years.