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LOCKPORT – Two Lockport detectives smashed the window of a top-story apartment in the city’s tallest building Thursday to rescue a woman who had been threatening to commit suicide.

Detectives Kevin Schrader and Travis Mapes were placed in the bucket of a Fire Department ladder truck, and they broke the window on the 12th floor of Urban Park Towers, 77 Main St.

The woman, whose age was not available, had barricaded herself inside the apartment by stacking all her furniture against the front door, Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said. He said the building management got wind of the situation and called the police.

Officers and staffers from the Niagara County Mental Health Department were met by the manager and the woman’s relatives, who said she had a history of mental illness.

They were unable to obtain a response from inside the apartment. Eggert said officers were concerned that if they battered down the door, the woman might jump out the window, so the Fire Department’s ladder truck was summoned.

“The bucket only covered one window,” Eggert said. But Schrader and Mapes smashed the glass of the double-sashed window and jumped into the apartment and grabbed the woman, who was not hurt.

The woman was to be taken to the mental health unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation, the chief said.

The incident started shortly around 2 p.m. and lasted nearly two hours, causing Main Street to be blocked off between Pine and Locust streets.

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