Yesterday, while people came together as families and celebrated the holiday, several Johnson County law enforcements agencies came together to work as a team to save a life. The interchange of 75th Street and Interstate 35 is one covered by multiple jurisdictions. Part of this interchange falls in Overland Park and part of it falls in Merriam. So when the call came out that a man was threatening to jump off the bridge at that location, both agencies responded.
Around 6:05 pm yesterday evening officers with Overland Park and Merriam arrived on the scene and found the man standing on the narrow ledge of the bridge. A chain link fence separated them from the man and prevented them from pulling him to safety. Lenexa, Shawnee and Kansas Highway Patrol were called in to help divert traffic and deal with this crisis situation. It took two hours of talking, but one patient Overland Park negotiator got through to the man, got him off the narrow ledge and got him the help he needed.
The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child and, in police work, it sometimes takes a county to save a life.