THUNDER BAY – Many times, police in Thunder Bay have commented that they are not social workers.
However, sometimes the demands of the job are that officers have to deal with incidents that require them to assist in those situations.
Thunder Bay Police officers were recently involved in a successful high-risk rescue of an individual in distress on the city’s south-side.
Members of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Uniform Patrol Branch were dispatched to an area in the 100 block of South Syndicate Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8 following reports of a woman involved in a mental-health crisis and possibly injured.
Social workers were attempting to negotiate with her when police arrived on the scene.
During negotiations, the woman began to seriously harm herself, at which point officers intervened in an effort to save her life.
Paramedics with the Superior North EMS were brought to the scene to assess her physical injuries. She was later transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for further assessment.
Her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.