Bridge Rescue

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Authorities say a 36-year-old woman attempting to jump 200 feet off a Green Bay bridge was suffering from postpartum depression.

The attempted suicide was stopped by the quick actions of a Brown County Sheriff's deputy, who had been following her.

The woman's husband was trying to find her, and after seeing her car, called 911. When her car's description went out, Brown County Sheriffs' deputies chased her car on Interstate 43 at speeds of up to 105 miles per hour.

When she stopped on a bridge over the Fox River, Trooper Les Boldt got out of his vehicle, and grabbed the woman's wrist after she went over the concrete barrier, and was able to pull her back onto the bridge.

After fighting him for about 16 seconds, Sergeant Bill Morgan and Deputy Kevin Kinnard move in quickly to help Boldt.

The woman's mother-in-law says she made comments the day before that led her family to believe the woman was suicidal.

Experts say that is one of the many symptoms of the condition known as postpartum depression, something that affects one out of every ten mothers.

"If they can't get out of bed, if they're not able to care for themselves, or their baby, that signals a problem," says Annie Bailey, a Luther Midelfort midwife that has a combined 13 years in nursing and midwife experience. She also says if you notice warning signs, encourage the new or soon-to-be mother to get treatment as soon as possible.

"Lots of women think postpartum depression is normal and that they need to just gut it out and they don't need to gut it out, they need to seek help," says Bailey.
The last available information on the woman's condition was treated at a Green Bay hospital.

If you would like more information on postpartum depression, the U.S. Department of Health and Family Services has a website dedicated to women's health: