A K9 officer didn't have to rely on man's best friend to help a distressed woman on Saturday, but his police dog's leash definitely came in handy. Daren Kendrick was in the right place at the right time as a responder on the scene at a traffic overpass in Springfield, Ore., where a reportedly suicidal woman was perched on a ledge and dangerously close to falling to her death, KVAL reports. As police and fire crews tried to figure out how to get her back to safety, Kendrick suddenly whipped out the leash for his canine co-worker.
"She was … hanging on to the chain-link fence right here, getting ready to go," he tells the station. "We were able to lace one of the leashes through her belt loop and get it so that they were able to hold on to her with the leash." Traffic was stopped below so the fence could be cut and the 45-year-old woman dragged to safe ground, KVAL notes. She was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. (Much better than a man using his dog as an actual weapon.)