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Bystanders, fire fighters help woman on edge of I-81 overpass

A bright red fire truck extends its ladder up the bridge to help a woman down from a highway overpass
Syracuse Fire Department
Syracuse Firefighters help woman from Hiawatha Boulevard overpass bridge.

Syracuse fire fighters over the weekend rescued a woman threatening to jump from the Hiawatha Boulevard bridge that runs over Interstate 81.

Good Samaritans attempted to hold onto the woman, and by the time firefighters arrived she was standing on the outside of a chain-link fence. They were able to wrap a utility rope around her waist and then securely pull her to safety.

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