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SF cop honored for saving suicide jumper

CHP Sgt. Kevin Briggs is being awarded by the man he saved from the edge of the Golden Gate bridge 8 years ago


By Lisa Leff
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A California man who was talked out of jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge eight years ago is being reunited with the California Highway Patrol officer he credits with saving his life.

Kevin Berthia is scheduled to present a public service award Wednesday night to CHP Sgt. Kevin Briggs. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is recognizing Briggs at its annual dinner in New York.

In this March 11, 2005 photo, Kevin Berthia is pulled to safety by Highway Patrolman Kevin Briggs (centre) after being talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (AP Image)
In this March 11, 2005 photo, Kevin Berthia is pulled to safety by Highway Patrolman Kevin Briggs (centre) after being talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (AP Image)

The last time the two men saw each other was on March 11, 2008. Berthia, then 22, went to the bridge planning to kill himself. He changed his mind after Briggs spent over an hour gently coaxing him off a ledge.

Last year, there were 33 confirmed and three unconfirmed suicides. Bridge officials recorded 86 successful interventions by CHP and bridge security officers.

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