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Suicidal woman rescued from snow

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy and Oregon State Police trooper help a rescued woman walk to a waiting ambulance. Photo courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

A dispatcher and law enforcement personnel teamed up to keep a suicidal woman alive and rescue her from a remote location where her vehicle was stuck in the snow, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday evening.

At 8:40 a.m. Thursday, the Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatch center received a call about an armed suicidal woman lost in the woods overnight after ingesting pills.

A dispatcher was able to establish phone communication with the woman and kept her engaged by being compassionate, emphasizing her self-worth and giving her someone to talk to. The dispatcher stayed on the line for nearly an hour until law enforcement arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies and an Oregon State Police trooper found the woman’s vehicle stuck in the snow near the intersection of Forest Service Road 3738 and Butte Falls-Fish Lake Road. They talked her into disarming herself and receiving the help she needed, the sheriff’s office said.

Due to snowy conditions on the road, they walked her to a waiting Mercy Flights ambulance. She was taken to a local hospital to receive care, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office emphasized that it’s especially important during the holiday season to reach out to loved ones and get them the help they need before it’s too late. Help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.