Ariz. LEO saves suicidal man on bridge by offering a hug

The officer was able to talk the man back down to safety


By PoliceOne Staff

CHANDLER, Ariz.  — An officer saved a suicidal man’s life Wednesday by offering him a hug.

According to Fox News, Officer Aaron Little saw a 26-year-old suicidal man climb the railing on a pedestrian bridge with the intent to jump.

In body camera footage, Little is seen talking to the man, asking him to walk towards him.

"I'll hug you, man. I don't care. I just want to talk to you. I swear," Little says.

The officer was able to convince the man to climb back to safety and embrace him.

 
Officer Talks Suicidal Man Out of Jumping Off Bridge

In the early evening of Thursday, March 28, 2019, a 26-year-old male climbed the protective railing of a pedestrian bridge that spans the Price Freeway with the intent to jump. Officer A. Little arrived at the bridge and, after developing a rapport with the male, Officer Little was able to convince him to climb off the railing and back to the safety of the bridge. While this incident is extraordinary, the compassion Officer Little showed is a common occurrence with the men & women of the Chandler Police Department. Officer Little’s body worn camera captured their interaction:

Posted by Chandler Police Department on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

 

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