Officer who saved lives on Mount Pleasant bridges is retiring

Mount Pleasant Sgt. Kimberly Herring-Thomas’ last day on the job was Friday after 28 years with...
Mount Pleasant Sgt. Kimberly Herring-Thomas’ last day on the job was Friday after 28 years with the force.(Mount Pleasant Police Department)
Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 5:42 PM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A police officer whose crisis negotiation skills are credited with saving lives of people considering jumping off bridges in South Carolina is retiring.

Mount Pleasant Sgt. Kimberly Herring-Thomas’ last day on the job was Friday after 28 years with the force.

Mount Pleasant Police says Herring-Thomas was one of their first crisis negotiators.

She says she is proudest of the time she was called to the Cooper River Bridge and spoke for a long time with a pregnant teenager.

The woman came down, and Herring-Thomas says she got a note from her telling the officer she named her baby Kimberly in honor of the woman who saved her life.

Herring-Thomas says she recalled another time when she physically intervened to stop a man from jumping from the Cooper River Bridge and was recognized as officer of the year for her actions.

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