Police & Truckers Come Together To Save a Life #Caring
Last week a man was spotted on a bridge overpass above busy Interstate 696, just outside of Detroit, Michigan. The man was having family problems and didn’t think his life was worth living anymore. The man’s plan was to jump off the overpass into oncoming traffic to commit suicide. Police were immediately called and they diverted all traffic, except 13 willing truck drivers. These drivers positioned their trucks so that if the man jumped, he would land on the top of a truck, not on the cement below. Meanwhile, the police sent in specialized officers to talk him out of his plan. After four hours, the police and the truckers were successful. The man walked off the bridge and into a counseling center to receive help and support.
Joe’s Perspective: 1 life. Police devoted valuable resources to save 1 life. Traffic was diverted and an entire interstate was shut down to save 1 life. Truckers, on their way to fulfill a shipment, agreed to assist in this effort to save 1 life. In total, over 25 complete strangers came together to help 1 person in his most desperate time of need. What a powerful statement. A man with no hope saw all these strangers come together to say, “You’re life is worth it.”
One of my college internships was to work on a suicide prevention hotline. In an 8 hour shift, I would usually receive 5-8 calls from a conservative county in west Michigan. To my knowledge, none of these individuals ever committed suicide. They really just wanted to know that someone cared. I listened mostly. I was empathic and supportive. We formulated plans to help and put in place a support team. This story reminds me once again the power that each of us has to change lives. Sometimes just a simple gesture, a smile or a word of encouragement can go a long way. It’s difficult to know the impact that 1 act of kindness will have on a fellow human being in need.
Your Turn: When you notice someone who is hurting or sad, what can you do to help turn things around?