Above: Ms. Alice Brink, President, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Houston and Officer Madeleine Pierson.
Officer Madeleine Pierson responded to a suicide-in-progress call involving an 11-year-old girl who climbed out onto the third story roof of her apartment complex and threatened to jump off. Officer Pierson climbed onto the roof and talked with the girl for over 15 minutes trying to get her off of the roof. The girl cried and screamed at Officer Pierson and refused to leave her perch on the edge of the roof. Officer Pierson leaned over the edge of the building and started yelling at people on the ground as a diversionary tactic. The girl was distracted enough that Officer Pierson was able to inch close enough to grab her arm and pull her to safety. Officer Pierson later transported her to the Neuropsychiatric Center for psychiatric evaluation.