The Winnipeg Police Service says a community and local business rallied together to help save a man's life Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received several 911 calls about a man climbing over the ledge of the Disraeli Bridge at Higgins Avenue.
Patrol Sergeant Saif Khan arrived, circling his patrol vehicle underneath the now-dangling man. Looking up, the officer saw the bottom of the man's white shoes 35 feet in the air, hands clinging to the railing rungs.
Ordering two officers to the top of the bridge, the pair clutched the man in distress' jacket through the rungs. They held on as Khan came up with a plan.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, now on the scene, joined the officers at the top of the bridge and blocked traffic underneath the bridge.
Khan then noticed a nearby company, SRS Signs, had a truck with a boom and bucket and asked for assistance. Quick to help, the company's driver drove the vehicle underneath the man.
Gently raising the boom and positioning the bucket under the man, the SRS Signs driver gingerly moved the equipment higher, touching the man's feet and raising him over the ledge. The pair of officers then lifted the man to safety.
The man was taken to the hospital for a medical assessment. There were no injuries.
The police service is thanking the public for quickly reacting and calling 911. They are also thanking SRS Signs & Services Inc. for "great community engagement and service," saying their help was instrumental in bringing the man to safety.