THIS is the moment a quick thinking cop saved a would be jumper from his suicide attempt.
Officer Brian Rehg grabbed young man moments before he tried to jump off a bridge in dramatic footage released on Monday.
Two cops were talking to a young man on a bridge in Knoxville, Tennessee, when during a conversation, the man tried to dive off the bridge.
The video, posted on the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, shows traffic unit officer Rehg rescuing an unidentified man just moments after he leaped over the rail guard of a bridge.
The incident occurred on April 8, 2019.
Rehg can be seen grabbing and holding onto the young man along with Lt. Chris McCarter as the two helped to pull him back over to safety.
Sheriff Tom Spangler said in the post: “Because of their vigilance and quick actions the young man is alive today.
“Both Lt. McCarter and Officer Rehg are true local heroes, not just because of this one incident but because they continue to risk their lives daily for the safety of others.”
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EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.