Good Samaritans awarded for thwarting jump from bridge

By Curt Autry - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Richmond Police Department's quarterly awards ceremony was held today, but not just the men & women in blue were recognized.

Several civilians were also awarded for their bravery and community service.

A local DJ, who encourages listeners to cooperate with police, and a teenager, who was brave enough to testify against three violent robbers, but maybe the most compelling is the story of Judy Pleasure.

On her way to work at the state health department, she noticed a woman hanging on to the edge of the 5th Street Bridge in North Richmond, ready to jump.

She and several others, physically held the woman in place, keeping her from jumping before help arrived. But she says she needs no award.

"I appreciate that they recognized us," Pleasure said. "I don't feel like we needed recognition, because I think just helping others is enough.  But it was really nice to see the officers that work for the city be recognized, for the things they do -- and it gave me a great feeling, like we're doing a great job in Richmond."

Several police officers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Richmond police department...and there was a special farewell for the Reverend William Gibson, who spent 17 years with the department, and has just retired.

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