Photo/Story Gallery 2003
Rescue on Sunshine Skyway Bridge
On Friday, February 28, 2003, during the early morning rush hour traffic, Trooper Kristi Menzies responded to the scene of an attempted suicide on the Skyway Bridge. Upon her arrival, she was able to make contact with a subject who was threatening to jump from the bridge.
The subject was standing on the top of the center span bridge support cable approximately fifty feet above the roadway. Through her efforts, Trooper Menzies was able to build a rapport with the subject, learning that he was despondent over past and present events in his personal life, which resulted in him threatening to commit suicide.
Trooper Menzies talked with the subject for over two hours until the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded with a trained negotiator. After an additional forty-five minutes, the subject voluntarily came down to the roadway and was no longer threatening to jump. According to the lead negotiator, Detective Todd Anthony, Trooper Menzie’s efforts were instrumental in helping to save the subject’s life.
For her actions, Trooper Menzies was selected as the Florida Highway Patrol’s Trooper of the Month for February 2003.