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Menasha Police officers credited with saving child with autism from falling off bridge

Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 14:29:08-04

MENASHA (NBC 26) — A Menasha police officer saved a child with autism from falling off a bridge, the Menasha Police Department said Thursday.

The incident happened Wednesday morning when a call came in for a missing child with autism. The child's father was out searching.

Emergency dispatch alerted officers to a report from a person who stated they saw a child running toward the Racine Street Bridge near Keyes. Three officers began heading towards the bridge.

A minute later the child was spotted on the bridge and firefighters were alerted in the event the child fell. During this time, an officer saw the child actively trying to crawl off the bridge. The officer ran to scoop the child up and carried him off of the bridge.

The Menasha Police Department would like to thank the person who noticed the boy running and calling 911. Police said the caller pointed an officer, identified as Lt. Schulz, in the right direction to save the boy. Lt. Schulz was able to bring the boy to safety when he found the child standing on the very edge of a beam over the water.

The officer turned the child over to the child's father when he arrived.