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Powder Springs Officer Recognized for Saving Suicidal Person

City officials honored Sgt. Lewis Wilkie at Monday's City Council meeting for calming a possible jumper from the Silver Comet Trail bridge during the summer.

Officials took time at the end of Monday's City Council meeting to recognize Powder Springs police Sgt. Lewis Wilkie for his role in saving a suicidal person during the summer.

Wilkie, who wasn't present Monday, was the first person on the scene—followed by two Cobb police officers—of someone preparing to jump from a Silver Comet Trail bridge, Maj. John Robison said.

“He was able to talk the gentleman down emotionally, and as he built a comfort level with him, the Cobb County officers were able to come around and pull him away from danger," Robison said, adding that the person received psychological help afterward.

“Sgt. Wilkie and those officers helped save a life that night," Robison said.

“We are very proud of him," Mayor Pat Vaughn said.

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