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(Yahoo)   In 2005, a man wanted to take his life. He climbed over the railing of the Golden Gate Bridge and was ready to take a fatal jump when he heard a voice calling out to him from above. Eight years later, he met that voice   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 108
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2013-05-11 08:42:47 PM  
Good story. Reminds me of that bit at the end of 'Amazing':

"So from all of us at Aerosmith to all of you out there, wherever you are, remember: the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Good night."
 
2013-05-11 09:08:00 PM  
I thought the rule was, "Never talk to police."
 
2013-05-11 09:41:17 PM  
Great story. Both of these men... and the rest of us, can book  this as "being a human being".
 
2013-05-11 09:50:06 PM  
dusty.
 
2013-05-11 10:41:35 PM  
The ceiling cat does more than just watch me masturbate?
 
2013-05-11 10:52:33 PM  
how interesting
 
2013-05-11 10:55:37 PM  
Oh man, that pic. *sniff*
 
2013-05-11 11:22:20 PM  
"But, sir, you have much to live for!"

*sniff* "Like what, officer?"

"YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"
 
2013-05-12 12:05:06 AM  
Hm, I better dust the room again. I missed some.
 
2013-05-12 12:05:07 AM  
But remember, all cops are dicks.
 
2013-05-12 12:05:55 AM  
I think the police should push most people off bridges.
 
2013-05-12 12:06:29 AM  
He's talked hundreds of people off that bridge?
 
2013-05-12 12:09:56 AM  
Nice find Subby, thanks for sharing.
 
2013-05-12 12:12:54 AM  
It was the ice rink manager?
 
2013-05-12 12:14:31 AM  
Watch "The Bridge", it's a 2006 documentary about the large amount of suicides that occur at the Golden Gate bridge.  Very enlightening in a morose kind of way.  Apparently the Golden Gate bridge is the most popular place in the world to off yourself.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799954/
 
2013-05-12 12:15:34 AM  

puffy999: "But, sir, you have much to live for!"

*sniff* "Like what, officer?"

"YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"


"No, I'm not. That's the reason I am killing myself. I've been deeply depressed about an industrial accident that caused my penis to be cut off."

"Really? Crap. Make sure there aren't any boats or anything below you when you jump."
 
2013-05-12 12:15:37 AM  

AGremlin: Watch "The Bridge", it's a 2006 documentary about the large amount of suicides that occur at the Golden Gate bridge.  Very enlightening in a morose kind of way.  Apparently the Golden Gate bridge is the most popular place in the world to off yourself.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799954/


Great movie. Sad as shiat, but great.
 
2013-05-12 12:26:17 AM  

HaveBeerWillTravel: But remember, all cops are dicks.


Well, I do think some of them go into law enforcement for the wrong reasons. Obviously, the police officer in this article is not one of them...
 
2013-05-12 12:27:02 AM  
Good thing the cop's name wasn't Clarence.
 
2013-05-12 12:27:44 AM  

puffy999: "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"


In prison on an attempted suicide sentence?

Not everyone considers that to be a good thing.
 
2013-05-12 12:29:44 AM  

puffy999: "But, sir, you have much to live for!"

*sniff* "Like what, officer?"

"YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"


Wrong. He's married. He probably hasn't had sex in years.
 
2013-05-12 12:29:47 AM  

HaveBeerWillTravel: But remember, all cops are dicks.


Well, if you consider all of the problems caused by overcrowding, then saving this guy made life worse for the rest of us. So yes, that is kind of a dick move.
 
2013-05-12 12:29:51 AM  
While I get The Bridge, and the importance of the movie, it really felt like more of a snuff film, in that they were deliberately waiting for jumpers to film. I didn't get the sense that once spotted, that 911 was called.
 
2013-05-12 12:34:10 AM  

Znuh: While I get The Bridge, and the importance of the movie, it really felt like more of a snuff film, in that they were deliberately waiting for jumpers to film. I didn't get the sense that once spotted, that 911 was called.


It's the same deal as photographers who take pictures of malnourished, dying children in war torn areas. They're observers, and the impact of their photograph or film can have so much more societal impact than if they intervened in each case.

That said, a lot of these sorts of photographers end up killing themselves or otherwise have severe emotional issues afterwards because they didn't do anything in the moment. It's not an easy lifestyle.
 
2013-05-12 12:34:55 AM  

fnordfocus: puffy999: "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"

In prison on an attempted suicide sentence?

Not everyone considers that to be a good thing.


I don't think we actually prosecute for that. It's one of those things that exist in theory but not in real life. Like sex for a Farker.
 
2013-05-12 12:35:27 AM  
Very rarely do I agree with the use of the 'Hero' tag.

This is one of those rare times.

Also, to the snide bastards commenting on how not all cops are bastards...This is the very epitome of what cops 'should' be like.  There's no violence here, no enforcing of authority, no reprimanding, no handcuffs, no arresting.

This is a cop who has talked HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE down from committing suicide.  Hundreds of lives.

If all cops cared like this guy, the reputation of the stereotypical cop as a power-drunk bully wouldn't exist.
 
2013-05-12 12:36:45 AM  

Shadowtag: fnordfocus: In prison on an attempted suicide sentence?

I don't think we actually prosecute for that. It's one of those things that exist in theory but not in real life. Like sex for a Farker.


I think you're right.

Unless, of course you're pregnant:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/18/153026015/bail-granted-fo r- indiana-woman-charged-in-attempted-feticide
 
2013-05-12 12:42:30 AM  

coco ebert: Oh man, that pic. *sniff*


This, this, and this.
 
2013-05-12 12:43:32 AM  
I must either be lucky or because of where I live but all my experiences with police officers have been great. They all had a "well let's go easy on him and let em off the hook" attitude.

/must be a Canada thing
//last time I've heard of police brutality in Canada was when some dipshiat went trigger happy on the taser out west
 
2013-05-12 12:44:38 AM  

Shadowtag: fnordfocus: puffy999: "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF SEX! Seriously, do you want to miss out on that?!"

In prison on an attempted suicide sentence?

Not everyone considers that to be a good thing.

I don't think we actually prosecute for that. It's one of those things that exist in theory but not in real life. Like sex for a Farker.


Yea, generally you just get taken to a mental health ward and then owe a hospital thousands of dollars.
 
2013-05-12 12:45:29 AM  
Love it.
 
2013-05-12 12:48:15 AM  
My dad was a cop in the East Bay for over 30 years. His entire career was in the police department of the city we lived in. He died in February of cancer.

He would have loved this story. Thanks, Subby.. I miss him terribly but this story made me smile.
 
2013-05-12 12:49:27 AM  
Very dusty.
 
2013-05-12 12:54:05 AM  

fnordfocus: Shadowtag: fnordfocus: In prison on an attempted suicide sentence?

I don't think we actually prosecute for that. It's one of those things that exist in theory but not in real life. Like sex for a Farker.

I think you're right.

Unless, of course you're pregnant:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/18/153026015/bail-granted-fo r- indiana-woman-charged-in-attempted-feticide


Wait. So if you want to kill your child, that's fine because you have the right to choose what happens to your own body, but if you want to kill your child and yourself it's a crime and you will be prosecuted?

I'm not advocating here, just pointing out an... inconsistency.
 
2013-05-12 01:04:07 AM  

Fallout Boy: I must either be lucky or because of where I live but all my experiences with police officers have been great. They all had a "well let's go easy on him and let em off the hook" attitude.

/must be a Canada thing
//last time I've heard of police brutality in Canada was when some dipshiat went trigger happy on the taser out west


Police Brutality in Canada sounds like being forced to share your donair.
 
2013-05-12 01:05:03 AM  
maachubo:Wait. So if you want to kill your child, that's fine because you have the right to choose what happens to your own body, but if you want to kill your child and yourself it's a crime and you will be prosecuted?

I'm not advocating here, just pointing out an... inconsistency.


If you want to pay a doctor it's okay.  Do it yourself, and it's a felony.

Actually, the federal version of "Laci and Conner's Law" exempts a woman's conduct towards here own unborn child.  Many states don't.  I think they're a calculated attempt to undo Roe v. Wade by creeping incrementalism.
 
2013-05-12 01:15:04 AM  
                                                            Bravo to these cops who do this job.

  Having lost a 24 year old step son to suicide I wished there would have been someone to talk to him and help him.

  I guess towards the end he, my stepson realized something...authorities told us that it looked like he tried to back out but it was to late.

  The hardest part was I was the first notifed and I had to go with a police officer and get my wife from work and tell her the news.....hardest thing I ever had to do.....ever.

  High levels of cocaine and alcohol and a very poor decision and a friend who laughed off his call at the end and now  he's gone... he was a great kid...great job...great girlfriend......................

  If you know someone who needs help please do what you have to do to get them help....listen.....my son confided to his friends the last few weeks of his life that things weren't right in his head....they all took it as a joke....listen.

 Suicide ain't painless to the survivors.....I needed to do this...sorry.
 
2013-05-12 01:15:39 AM  
When I was in college a guy jumped from the top of our dormitory, which was at appx. 20 stories IIRC. Aside from being horrified I remember wondering why someone would choose jumping as a method. This is America, and guns are easily available legally or not.

Like nearly anyone else I've contemplated what I would do in that situation. I always figured I'd wander into the woods or some other place that wouldn't horrify loved ones and leave a terrible mess. I've jumped from several airplanes and let me tell you - it's terrifying even with a parachute. Human brains aren't wired to fly, but knowing you'll survive (most likely) makes it fun. Knowing for a fact that I'm going to hit pavement or water that feels like pavement? Yikes.

Granted, no one but those who have tried and failed knows what really goes through the mind of someone intent upon shuffling from the mortal coil. When you're that desperate I imagine you don't really care as long as it 'works.'

Anyway, this is a cool story. Sometimes all you need in life is for someone to lend a caring voice.
 
2013-05-12 01:18:18 AM  

NotTucsonreally: Suicide ain't painless to the survivors.....I needed to do this...sorry.


Don't be sorry, man.
 
2013-05-12 01:21:27 AM  
NotTucsonreally: I'm so sorry. What a horrible ordeal for you & your wife.
 
2013-05-12 01:22:27 AM  
Kevin played on my high school soccer team. Always wondered what happened to him. I was shocked to see this story, but relieved. I'm glad that he worked through his troubles. Sounds like he's doing really well right now.

Thank you Officer Briggs for helping those at their lowest to pick themselves up again.
 
2013-05-12 01:27:03 AM  
Let me guess, it wasn't SFPD?

/checks article

Well, that was too easy.
 
2013-05-12 01:31:46 AM  

coco ebert: Oh man, that pic. *sniff*


I miss CNN, too.
 
2013-05-12 01:31:56 AM  
I agree with NotTucsonreally.
My Aunt killed herself in 2010 and it hurts my mom(her sister) every single day.  It hurts her daughters and her grandsons every single day.  Get help before it is too late.  Talk to someone, remember that people love you and the hurt you will leave behind is never worth it.

There is no such thing as a painless suicide
 
2013-05-12 01:33:03 AM  

NotTucsonreally: Bravo to these cops who do this job.

  Having lost a 24 year old step son to suicide I wished there would have been someone to talk to him and help him.

  I guess towards the end he, my stepson realized something...authorities told us that it looked like he tried to back out but it was to late.

  The hardest part was I was the first notifed and I had to go with a police officer and get my wife from work and tell her the news.....hardest thing I ever had to do.....ever.

  High levels of cocaine and alcohol and a very poor decision and a friend who laughed off his call at the end and now  he's gone... he was a great kid...great job...great girlfriend......................

  If you know someone who needs help please do what you have to do to get them help....listen.....my son confided to his friends the last few weeks of his life that things weren't right in his head....they all took it as a joke....listen.

 Suicide ain't painless to the survivors.....I needed to do this...sorry.


I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine how hard that would be to go through.

Knowing the pain if would cause to my family and loved ones has been all that's held me back a time or two.
 
2013-05-12 01:35:45 AM  

AGremlin: Watch "The Bridge", it's a 2006 documentary about the large amount of suicides that occur at the Golden Gate bridge.  Very enlightening in a morose kind of way.  Apparently the Golden Gate bridge is the most popular place in the world to off yourself.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799954/


I'll second that recommendation.  FWIW I managed to find the whole thing on YouTube, not sure about now but give it a search.
 
2013-05-12 01:38:32 AM  
FTA - "But when I first saw him, he walked up me and I just shook his hand. It felt like I had known this man my whole life. The nerves weren't there. It was just two old friends being reunited."

Huh, that is odd. I wouldn't have the same reaction if someone decided to walk up me.
 
2013-05-12 01:39:48 AM  
Oh. The voice wasn't Jesus. How disappointing.
 
2013-05-12 01:41:56 AM  
www.gonemovies.com
 
2013-05-12 01:41:58 AM  

dickfreckle: When I was in college a guy jumped from the top of our dormitory, which was at appx. 20 stories IIRC. Aside from being horrified I remember wondering why someone would choose jumping as a method. This is America, and guns are easily available legally or not.


When you hit, it's instant a lot of the time, so it's the same? Though I suppose the falling has to be awful - speaking of "The Bridge", in it there is a survivor who says that the instant he left the bridge he was regretting.

Someone jumped off a high rise in my town two days ago, 39 year old woman, it's a "jumped or fell" situation technically but it was from the roof and shoes and purse left behind so... yeah. :(

I just can't imagine, and for that, I am grateful.
 
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