Dramatic moment heroic deputy saves a suicidal man who tries to jump off an overpass by grabbing his legs and pulling him to safety
This is the dramatic moment a sheriff’s deputy pulled a man to safety after grabbing his legs when he tried to take his life by jumping over an overpass.
Deputy William Ball’s dashcam captured the moment he saved the life of a suicidal man in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday morning.
He had been on a routine patrol in the vicinity of Georgesville Road and Interstate 270.
Deputy Ball – who is trained in crisis intervention tactics – spotted a man looking over the wall of an overpass at around 6.20am.
Deputy William Ball’s dashcam captured the moment he saved the life of a suicidal man in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday morning
He quickly got out of his cruiser and approached the man, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.
In a post on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said Deputy Ball tried get the man away from the wall by talking to him.
The man opened up to him and revealed he was having feelings about wanting to harm himself.
The sheriff’s office said the man suddenly started walking towards Deputy Ball, saying he’d have to shoot him to stop him from jumping.
Deputy Ball – who is trained in crisis intervention tactics – spotted a man looking over the wall of an overpass at around 6.20am
When the man tried to jump over, Deputy Ball grabbed his legs and pulled hi, back over
‘I’m sorry, I got nothing left, I’m just done,’ he was heard saying as he tried to jump.
But Deputy Ball was able to grab the man’s legs and despite a struggle that lasted for several seconds, pulled him to safety.
The man, who is not being named, was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Two passing motorists helped Deputy Ball at the scene before backup arrived
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘This incident is an excellent example of how CIT trained deputies are making a difference when it comes to those who are in a mental health crisis.
‘We would also like to thank the two civilians who stopped and assisted before backup arrived.’
For confidential support, call the National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255