Edmonds police corporal rescues suicidal Edmonds woman at Brackett’s Landing Friday
An Edmonds police corporal was credited Friday with rescuing a suicidal 49-year-old Edmonds woman who walked into deep water off Brackett’s Landing Park around 9 a.m.
According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, several citizens who happened to be at the waterfront noticed the woman — who has a long history of mental issues – “acting strangely and then walking into the water fully clothed and swimming out into deeper water.” Edmonds Police and Fire District 1 units responded to the area along with personnel from the Washington State Ferry Spokane and off-duty Edmonds officers who were working to direct ferry traffic. The woman ignored pleas to come in from the water and purposely went under water several times, Marsh added.
Edmonds police Corporal Aaron Greenmun took off his gun belt, uniform shirt and vest, then swam out to the woman and was able to bring her into shore, where she was treated by Fire District 1 aid crew, Marsh said. The woman was transported to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment of hypothermia.
“If not for the quick action of the bystanders who alerted police and fire and the selfless actions of the officers who responded, this incident could have been much more tragic than it was,” Marsh said.