LPD: Officer saves life of man who jumped from bridge onto I-180

A Lincoln police officer is being credited with saving the life of a man who jumped off a bridge. 
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A Lincoln police officer is being credited with saving the life of a man who jumped off a bridge.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the officer was driving on Superior St. westbound over I-180 when he saw the man get on the ledge of the bridge. By the time the officer was able to turn around, the man was gone.

The officer saw the man had jumped from the bridge onto I-180, an approximately 24-foot drop, Officer Erin Spilker said. The officer saw traffic approaching the man and began running down the embankment while using his flashlight to alert on-coming cars, Spilker said.

The officer stood in the lane directing traffic away from the man until other emergency responders could get to the scene, Spilker said. Several cars almost hit the man, and he likely would have died had the officer not jumped into action when he did, she said.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical conditions from injuries he suffered in the fall.

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