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Tue Apr 24, 2018, 02:57 PM

 

Suicidal man was ready to jump. So 13 truckers parked under the bridge, Michigan cops say

Source: Miami Herald

Law enforcement and truckers in Michigan teamed up to save the life of a suicidal man.

Police first heard of a man standing on a bridge that goes over a Detroit freeway at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to Fox2. So officers quickly put a plan in action to stop him from doing it.

Lt. Mike Shaw, a Michigan State Police spokesman, told The Detroit News that his department blocked traffic on Interstate 696 and then asked truckers who had been stopped to head for the overpass.

Thirteen different trucks arrived at the scene and parked under the bridge to shorten the fall if the suicidal man decided to jump, police say. The man decided to willingly leave the bridge and police took him to a nearby hospital for evaluation, according to Fox2.



Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article209701619.html



IMO, more evidence of the common good inside most of us!

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Reply Suicidal man was ready to jump. So 13 truckers parked under the bridge, Michigan cops say (Original post)
7962 Apr 2018 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #1
FSogol Apr 2018 #2
Stonepounder Apr 2018 #3
gerryatwork Apr 2018 #4
Phentex Apr 2018 #7
gristy Apr 2018 #16
cp Apr 2018 #5
calimary Apr 2018 #9
AZ Jim Apr 2018 #6
Tribalceltic Apr 2018 #8
TomSlick Apr 2018 #10
Ilsa Apr 2018 #11
Mopar151 Apr 2018 #13
Ilsa Apr 2018 #14
7962 Apr 2018 #17
montana_hazeleyes Apr 2018 #12
Le Gaucher Apr 2018 #15
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2018 #18
usaf-vet Apr 2018 #19

Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 02:59 PM

1. Thank you for posting good news. . . . nt

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:14 PM

2. Nice story, thanks for posting. n/t

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:36 PM

3. They don't call truck drivers "Knights of the Road" for nothing!

And definitely good common sense on the part of the cops as well!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:22 PM

4. Sometimes...

...all it takes is knowing that someone cares. It must have been life changing for man to see one by one the trucks lining up in both direction for the sole purpose of showing how important his life is.

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Response to gerryatwork (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:33 PM

7. You are right!

In many of these instances, it just takes a few people who care to make a difference.

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Response to gerryatwork (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 09:58 PM

16. Yes, indeed. That's it.

I'm getting choked up here!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:29 PM

5. Smart, kind, and beautiful

Thank you all Michigan State Police and all truckers! Big hearts!

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Response to cp (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:50 PM

9. Yeah! That was really good thinking - asking the truckers to step up

and use their trucks to shorten the would-be jumper's fall. VERY creative! And even just the gesture of doing so helped diffuse a potentially tragic situation.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:30 PM

6. Where would we be if these gentlemen didn't move our necessities across the nation. Cheers Truckers!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:51 PM

8. Kick and Recomend and Thank you!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 07:31 PM

10. Good on 'em.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:07 PM

11. I wonder if special nets for jumpers could be built in and deployed

in places like bridges and overpasses?

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:24 PM

13. Golden Gate, some others have them.

Determined jumpers can get past them, for one thing. Like most stuff - it's gotta have a whole program to go with it, and there ain't enough to do it everyplace. The Golden Gate has a suicide patrol...

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:29 PM

14. Thank you for that information. I've seen gates on bridges, even old ones.

But I don't remember ever seeing a net system or patrols.

So sad.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 10:37 PM

17. I-75 thru Macon Ga has fences on all overpass bridges. But it wasnt for suicides.

 

Too many instances of idiot criminals throwing shit off the bridges onto cars. 20-30 yrs ago they just started putting up fencing

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:12 PM

12. Wonderful story.

I started tearing up and when I saw the picture in the story started crying.

What a testament to the good humans can do when they work together.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 09:16 PM

15. Yet most truckers voted for Trump

 

Sigh!!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 10:57 PM

18. A bit of warmth and humanity to usher in the evening.

I, for one, can really use it.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2018, 10:57 AM

19. Plain old American citizens helping to save a life and assisting the police.

Great story. Great results.

Thanks to the truck drivers.

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