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Troop Captain Helps Good Samaritan Stop Jumper

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Captain Robert Ifft

On December 18, 2009, a 51 year old female parked her vehicle on the outside shoulder of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. She exited her vehicle and was attempting to jump when a Good Samaritan observed her leaning over the concrete barrier wall and exited his vehicle. He was able to stop her from jumping off the Skyway Bridge until Captain Robert Ifft arrived on scene. Captain Ifft, with the help of the citizen and Fire Rescue secured the female. She was taken into custody under the Florida Baker Act Law and transported to a local hospital for observation and treatment.

A citizen's quick thinking and the FHP's quick response all combined to save a life.


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