A group of boys in Fresno, California are being called heroes after stopping a woman who was trying to commit suicide.
Police say the boys stepped in and talked her off a bridge as she was preparing to jump.
The members of the Kepler School volleyball team were working out, jogging over the Tuolumne Street bridge, when they saw a woman climb over the edge of the Stanislaus Street bridge about 50 yards away.
The student Brandon Ezell says, “She was like, one hand, and feet hanging already.”
The students ran to tell their coach Elliot Murray.
Murray says, “They told me ‘there’s a lady trying to jump off the bridge,’ all 12 of ’em screaming ‘call 911, call 911.'”
Murray saw the woman dangling from the bridge, directly over the railroad tracks.
He called 911 and told the boys to go back up and yell to the woman.
Murray says, “I immediately told the kids, ‘do everything you can, chant, say stop, your life is worth it,’ and they just kept on chanting.”
The student Elijah Gomez says, “We went up there, we were there for like ten minutes, trying to distract her. We were like stop and stuff, it’s not worth it.”
The woman managed to pull herself up to safety and police arrived.
Lt. Mark Hudson from the Fresno Police Department says, “We contacted her, found out she was actually trying to commit suicide and the officer placed her on a mental health evaluation hold for 72 hours to be evaluated by mental health workers.”
The woman is identified only as a 47-year-old Hispanic female.
Coach Murray believes if not for the boys on his team, she would have let go.
Murray says, “By hearing those kids and she took a glance and hearing those kids it registered to her, ‘I can’t do this in front of them.’ By the kids shouting ‘stop, stop, stop, your life is worth it,’ she made it back to the top.”
Joshua Velasquez feels like they distracted her long enough.
The reason for the woman wanting to jump is unknown.
The school had the boys talk with a psychologist about what happened.
Meanwhile, the woman was being held in a mental health facility.