A Cheyenne police officer and civilian were recognized Thursday for saving the life of a suicidal woman back in December.

Chief Brian Kozak presented life saving awards to Officer Wellman and Julian McKenna during the department's annual awards ceremony.

The award read as follows:

On 12/22/19 Officer Wellman responded to a suicidal subject standing on the ledge on the I25 overpass. Upon arrival Officer Wellman found an adult woman standing on the ledge threatening suicide. Julian McKenna was already on scene speaking with the woman. Officer Wellman attempted to convince the woman to step to safety, but she refused. When the woman put her hands over her face to cry, Officer Wellman, risking his own safety, lunged to reach for the woman. Seeing Officer Wellman lunge for the woman, Julian also grabbed on to her. Julian and Officer Wellman were able to pull the woman over the railing and save her life. Officer Wellman and Julian McKenna displayed great courage and instinct by acting decisively to save this woman’s life.

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