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Police Prevent Potential Tragedy In Solebury On New Year’s Morning

A Solebury Township police vehicle. File photo.
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In the early hours of New Year’s Day, a potentially tragic situation in Solebury Township was averted thanks to the quick response and actions of local law enforcement.

At approximately 4:37 a.m. on Monday, Solebury Township Police Department Officer Brendan Murphy was dispatched to the Lumberville Foot Bridge upon receiving a report concerning the wellbeing of a woman said to be threatening to jump into the cold Delaware River below, authorities said.

Upon his arrival, Murphy found the woman on the river side of the bridge’s rails.

The responding officer talked with her and managing to prevent her from jumping until additional officers arrived, police said.

For several critical minutes, Murphy communicated with the distressed woman and de-escalated the situation, police said.

Officer Patrick Dorsey of the Solebury Township Police Department and Cpl. Michael Johnson of the Plumstead Township Police Department soon reached the scene.

With the arrival of Dorsey and Johnson, the lawmen worked together to safely secure the woman and lift her back over the railings to the bridge walkway, police said.

The officers then provided immediate medical assistance and transferred her to crews from Central Bucks EMS.

“The professional and calm demeanor from all of the officers involved exemplify the highest standards and dedication to public service that they have committed to,” police said in a statement.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, the National Crisis Line can be reached day or night by dialing 9-8-8 or visiting their website.

Bucks County also operates an around-the-clock crisis line at 1-800-499-7455.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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