A Michigan police department teamed up with truckers to protect a man who was attempting to commit suicide. The plan they had designed was something they had been trained on, however, the number of trucks that responded was incredible.
In the early morning hours at Interstate 696 in Detroit, Michigan the police were negotiating with a man who was trying to end his life by jumping from a flyover. According to ABC News, officials at the scene said the man told them he was having problems with his family. The Huntington Woods Police Department called truck drivers in the area while officers on the scene pointed to some on the road.
State police and truck drivers have developed a tactic in case of a bridge on the road. The practice they have is to line up the truck drivers side by side, along both lanes of the road to provide a safer landing if a person were to jump, creating a kind of "safety net".
In this case, once the trucks were in place, the police officers were able to safely remove the man from the bridge. They took him directly to receive medical assistance. Lieutenant Michael Shaw of the state police was surprised by the number of trucks that responded, "There are 13 truckers who did not even know this guy and were willing to slide under that overpass to help him," he told ABC News . .
This is not the first time this tactic is used, and according to Shaw, they have never had a truck to reject them.
After the rescue, the police department tweeted a photograph of the efforts and included the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. "We always want to make sure that people realize that there are so many other options," Shaw said.
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