COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Georgia deputy picked the right place at the right time when she went for a walk during her lunch break. It ended up saving the lives of a woman in distress and her 2-month-old.
Muscogee County Deputy Aliyah Miller likes to take walks on her break and picked the Columbus River Walk on Wednesday. As she was walking, she noticed a woman threatening to jump into the river with her child.
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The sheriff’s office and Columbus Police Department says they had received several calls about the woman making the threats on Facebook Live. Miller and a Columbus officer walked toward the woman to talk her out of the jump.
Miller convinced the woman to hand her baby over to her while the officer worked on getting the mother the help she needed.
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The sheriff’s office said Miller stayed with the 2-month-old until another family member arrived. The Columbus Fire Department let them stay in one of their vehicles with air-conditioning since the heat index was high.
“I want to commend Deputy Miller, the Columbus Police Department, and Columbus Fire and EMS on a job well done! Thanks to your quick thinking and response time, they prevented a tragedy from occurring today. Your dedication to going above and beyond the call of duty is what we should all strive to achieve each and every day,” Sheriff Greg Countryman wrote in a letter of commendation.
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