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Bridge Commission Honors Police Officers For Lifesaving Efforts In Solebury

Three local officers were honored for their heroic rescue of a woman threatening to jump.

Solebury Chief Dominick Bellizzie with officers Patrick Dorsey and Brendan Murphy, and Plumstead Cpl. Michael Johnson and Chief Dave Mettin.
Credit: Solebury police

In an official proclamation, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission on Monday recognized the actions of police officers who saved a woman from a potentially fatal situation on the Lumberville-Raven Rock Toll-Supported Pedestrian Bridge earlier this year.

At approximately 4:37 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Officer Brendan Murphy of the Solebury Township Police Department was dispatched to the bridge, which spans the Delaware River between Solebury Township in Bucks County and Delaware Township in Hunterdon County.

Upon arrival, Murphy found a woman threatening to jump into the icy waters below.

Murphy was soon joined by his co-worker, Officer Patrick Dorsey of the Solebury Township Police Department, and Cpl. Michael Johnson of the Plumstead Township Police Department.

Together, the three officers managed to safely dislodge the woman from the railing and bring her back onto the bridge’s walkway, averting a tragic outcome, authorities said.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, a bistate transportation agency overseeing a network of 20 bridges connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey, lauded the officers for their “professionalism, fortitude, and a steadfast adherence to their oaths and training.”

Officials said the officers’ quick actions exemplified the highest standards of law enforcement and community service.

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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