Yesterday, Digby the cockapoo helped emergency services save a woman who was stood on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter. Following the incident, a spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “This is Digby. Today he did something amazing and helped save a young woman who was thinking of taking her own life.
“Police negotiators were speaking with the woman but the situation was becoming increasingly worrying. One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our ‘defusing’ dog.
”Digby helps crews who have been exposed to trauma during talking therapy ‘diffusing’ sessions. When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look, and smiled.
”She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby if she came back over the railings, which we are pleased to say she did. We wish the woman involved all the best in her recovery.”
After the incident, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police told DevonLive: “Police were called to a footbridge on the A379, near Exeter just before 11am today (15 June) following a report of concern for welfare for a woman.
“Officers, an ambulance and the fire service all attended and localised road closures were put in place.
“The woman was brought back to safety soon after 3pm and the road was reopened. She was taken into the care of mental health professionals.”
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