Around 1 a.m. on April 24, semi-truck drivers in the Oak Park area of Michigan received a distress call from area police: An unidentified man was standing on the edge of a local bridge, apparently ready to jump onto the freeway below.
Those drivers then did something amazing. They raced to the scene to help — and lined up their trucks under the bridge, providing a relatively safe landing space should the man jump.
Fortunately, he didn't.
<div><div data-card="html" data-reactroot=""><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="https://w3.cdn.anvato.net/player/prod/v3/anvload.html?key=eyJtIjoiZXBmb3giLCJwIjoiZGVmYXVsdCIsInYiOiI0NTQ5NzIiLCJhbnZhY2siOiJhbnZhdG9fZXBmb3hfYXBwX3dlYl9wcm9kX2IzMzczMTY4ZTEyZjQyM2Y0MTUwNGYyMDcwMDAxODhkYWY4ODI1MWIiLCJwbHVnaW5zIjp7ImRmcCI6eyJjbGllbnRTaWRlIjp7ImFkVGFnVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9wdWJhZHMuZy5kb3VibGVjbGljay5uZXQvZ2FtcGFkL2Fkcz9zej02NDB4NDgwJml1PS82Mzc5MDU2NC93amJrL25ld3MmY2l1X3N6cz0zMDB4MjUwJmltcGw9cyZnZGZwX3JlcT0xJmVudj12cCZvdXRwdXQ9dmFzdCZ2cG9zPXByZXJvbGwmdW52aWV3ZWRfcG9zaXRpb25fc3RhcnQ9MSZ1cmw9W3JlZmVycmVyX3VybF0mY29ycmVsYXRvcj1bdGltZXN0YW1wXSZkZXNjcmlwdGlvbl91cmw9aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5mb3gyZGV0cm9pdC5jb20lMkZuZXdzJTJGbG9jYWwtbmV3cyUyRjEzLXNlbWlzLWxpbmUtZGV0cm9pdC1mcmVld2F5LXRvLWhlbHAtbWFuLWNvbnNpZGVyaW5nLXN1aWNpZGUlM0ZfX3R3aXR0ZXJfaW1wcmVzc2lvbiUzRHRydWUifX0sInJlYWxUaW1lQW5hbHl0aWNzIjp0cnVlfSwiaHRtbDUiOnRydWV9" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></div></div><h2>The impressive line-up wasn't a coincidence — the drivers were prepared for exactly this sort of situation.</h2><p>Sgt. Jason Brockdorff of the Huntington Woods Police Department <a href="https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2018/04/24/police-semis-halt-suicide-attempt-696/545522002/" target="_blank">told The Detroit News</a> that the response was something local police and truck drivers had actually trained for. But what <em>was</em> unusual was the sheer number of drivers who responded to the call.</p><p>"That's a practice we use if we have a jumper," Brockdorff <a href="https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2018/04/24/police-semis-halt-suicide-attempt-696/545522002/" target="_blank">said</a>. "We try to do it every time, to lessen the distance someone would travel if they were to jump. Fortunately, that didn't happen."</p><p>The incident lasted nearly four hours, into the early morning. However, once the trucks were in place, the police were able to more comfortably negotiate with the unidentified man. </p><h2><strong>Eventually, the man walked off the bridge on his own and is currently receiving medical help.</strong></h2><p>In a pair of tweets, the local police department called attention to the incident to remind people in similar situations of the importance of seeking mental health services (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. <strong>Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.</strong></blockquote><br><blockquote><strong>You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911. </strong>There are so many people that can help you make the choice to get help and live! It is our hope to never see another photo like this again.</blockquote><div id="43f4c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2WRLH51561273521"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="988789871916519424" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911. There are so many people that can help you make the cho… https://t.co/9a7oaIAPGC</div> — MSP Metro Detroit (@MSP Metro Detroit)<a href="https://twitter.com/mspmetrodet/statuses/988789871916519424">1524580850.0</a></blockquote></div><h2>Working together, the police and everyday strangers saved a life. </h2><p>Ordinary people heeded the call of service to help a fellow person who was struggling. It's a powerful image that's impossible to ignore, and a reminder of humanity at its best. </p>
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