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Pinellas deputy credited with rescuing woman who considered jumping off Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Published Nov. 8, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy is credited with helping save the life of a distraught woman contemplating suicide while sitting on the edge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Monday night.

Cpl. Howard "Glenn" Finley, a court-processing deputy whose job it is to serve subpoenas, was driving home from work on the southbound span of the bridge when he noticed a car parked on the roadway near at the top around 6 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Finley then saw a 52-year-old woman sitting on the ledge with her legs dangling over the water, deputies said, crying, her hands covering her face.

The corporal believed the woman was getting ready to jump, according to the Sheriff's Office. So Finley parked his vehicle and approached her. She was unaware he was near, the Sheriff's Office said, when he pulled her off the ledge.

"Please let me die, let me jump," the woman said while Finley detained her, according to the agency.

The woman, who was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, said she was upset over marital and personal issues. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived about five minutes later and took her into protective custody under the Baker Act, deputies said.

Finley has been with the Sheriff's Office for 28 years.