Police officers and firefighters had a busy Easter weekend and responded to two incidents where their actions saved lives.
On Saturday night, a boat, with several people on board including a small child, overturned and threw everyone in the choppy waters.
When Captain Greg Fuller arrived at the scene, he was told the people were hanging on for dear life. That’s when Capt. Fuller, along with a good Samaritan, jumped into the water and pulled the child and an adult.
Boat rescue crews with the Nueces County Emergency Service District #2 and Corpus Christi Fire Department arrived at the scene and picked up the four remain people left in the waters.
Medics treated the victims at the scene. No one suffered injuries.
On Sunday morning, bike officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department were assisting other officers at the Corpus Christi city’s detention center, when a man allegedly took an officer’s bicycle.
The man used the bike to travel to the base of the Harbor Bridge. Afterward, he ran up to the top of the Harbor Bridge. When police made contact with the man, he was found outside of the walking lanes and hanging off of the edge of the bridge.
Police say the officer that arrived on the scene was able to talk and have a conversation with the man, de-escalating the situation.
As that conversation was happening, other officers arrived at the scene to provide backup to the officer while closing off lanes along the Harbor Bridge.
After a couple of minutes, the officer convinced the man from coming off the edge and cross back over the crosswalk area on the Harbor Bridge.
The man was charged with theft.
He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.