Possible would-be jumper rescued from JB Bridge


The Columbia Fire Department responded about 7:40 p.m. Saturday to assist Mehlville, Mo., fire and EMS and both Columbia and St. Louis County police with a report of a possible jumper on the Missouri side of the eastbound lanes of I-255 on the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.

The individual, a man in his late 60s, was not responding to attempts from law enforcement and firefighters to get him to speak to them and was standing on the edge of the bridge deck with an intent to jump.

At 8:05 p.m., Columbia police officer Josh Bayer was finally able to negotiate with the man and with the assistance of a firefighter was able to get him down from the bridge deck, after which St. Louis County police handled the incident.

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