An astute passer-by and a team of officers helped keep a 15-year-old boy from jumping off a Lincoln bridge onto U.S. 77 on Monday afternoon, a police department spokeswoman said.

At about 12:30 p.m., the passer-by saw the boy climbing a fence on the West A Street bridge over the highway, stopped and then saw him place a leg over the fence, Officer Angela Sands said.

The person called 911, believing the boy was attempting suicide, she said.

The first officer arrived and tried to talk to him, but the boy ignored him and slid farther over the wall, Sands said.

Another officer arrived and approached from the opposite side, grabbed the boy and got him down safely.

He was reunited with his family and taken to receive mental health care, Sands said.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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