- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of strangers united to keep a woman from jumping into interstate traffic on an overpass in St. Paul.

Video shows a group of about a half-dozen people pulling the woman through a hole in a chain-link fence Monday evening.

Angela Martin says she saw the woman climb a concrete wall and scale the fence as traffic whizzed by beneath her. Martin parked her car on the overpass and pleaded with the woman not to jump, according to the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2aME2xN ).

The mother of two and grandmother of six from Roseville said she grabbed the woman’s shirt and belt and held on.

“‘Lord, help me,’?” Martin said she told herself in that moment. “I looked at her as one of my own.”

Within minutes, other motorists stopped to help Martin, as well as police officers.

Lucky Rosenbloom, whose family owns a business in the neighborhood, said he heard the commotion and walked toward the group. From a distance, it appeared to him that one police officer was surrounded by a chaotic crowd.

“I’m thinking the worst . and thinking I’m going to help this cop,” said Rosenbloom, who has 20 years of experience in police and corrections work. “I’m also black.”

As Rosenbloom reached the overpass, it became clear that police officers and the passers-by were working together to save the woman. He grabbed her under her left armpit.

“Everyone was determined they weren’t going to let go of that lady for any reason,” Rosenbloom said. An officer grabbed a bolt cutter from his squad and cut a hole in the fence and collectively the woman was pulled to safety.

“To see police and people in the community spontaneously working together, it was a beautiful thing to see,” Rosenbloom said.

Paramedics tended to the woman as the rescuers clapped, cheered and shook hands.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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