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Arizona Corrections Officer Prevents Inmate’s Suicide

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — An Arizona jailbird is still alive, despite her best efforts to end her life.

When a corrections officer opened the prisoner's cell, the suicidal inmate immediately tried to jump over a top-floor railing. It was a 20-foot drop, officers said.

Thanks to the officer's quick reflexes, neither woman fell. Surveillance video shows the detention officer grabbing the jumper by the wrist and using her own body weight to pull her back over the railing twice.

The Maricopa County Sheriff is praising the employee on Facebook.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the officer risked her own life to save another.

Sheriff's said the inmate had been threatening suicide. She was being taken to visit medical staff when the close call occurred.