Thankfully, this story has a happy ending because of some quick thinking on the part of the Michigan State Police. When a call came in saying a man was on the bridge over the 696 highway in Detroit, law enforcement rallied numerous drivers to park their trucks under the bridge. The idea being that should the man jump, the height of the trucks would shorten the fall.
After negotiators spoke with the suicidal man for several hours, he eventually agreed to leave and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and an evaluation.
The video below shows the last truck being parked under the bridge.
People are still good and good things still happen and good days still come.
— Jimmy Farley (@jiminyfarley) April 24, 2018
13 semi-trucks line roadway to help man considering suicide https://t.co/9187A2ZDs9
— KGET News (@KGETnews) April 24, 2018
This is how we save the world. Empathy and compassion for others. Thank you to all involved from someone who has been there. RT @FOX2News: 13 semis line Detroit freeway to help man considering suicide https://t.co/99cvSe9kKk
— It is all connected (@rocketgirl3914) April 24, 2018
AMAZING PHOTO: 13 semis line Detroit freeway to help man considering suicide. Thankfully, the man did not jump and the situation ended as the man walked off the bridge – WJBK pic.twitter.com/hjOnohjKSb
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 24, 2018
There was plenty of praise for the truck drivers willing to help.
The power of..WE.
— Cylant Justice (@CylantJ) April 24, 2018
As someone once said to me, paraphrasing…”you never know what or why someone commits suicide, you can't live in their life or mind…”. Thanks to the trucking industry, always respect them, great job trying to help someone probably just having a real bad day!!!
— Ben Teeter (@bteeter82) April 24, 2018
Truckers are the best!
— MariaYes2TrumpQ (@MariaYes2trump) April 24, 2018
This is amazing. Heroes. –>> https://t.co/zqB3NJiRwK
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) April 24, 2018
This is really moving. https://t.co/O3xKUKfRO8
— april. (@hyacinthgrrl) April 24, 2018
There was appreciation for the quick thinking officers.
It’s a sad story but great thinking to local and state police. I hope the man gets the help he needs. https://t.co/rebrbWc7FR
— Antoinette Hendrix (@AntoinetteC008) April 24, 2018
From Amelia Lehto: “I've never seen a response quite like this before. I give a lot of credit to emergency responders on scene to organize themselves and these truckers in… https://t.co/SfZcsubmR9
— Youth Mental Health (@YMHEActionGroup) April 24, 2018
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text to 741-741
H/T: FOX 2