It’s easy to get tired of all of the negativity in the news. The political divide in America is widening and everyone seems to be at each other’s throats all the time.
But every once in a while a story comes along to restore your faith in humanity.
One such story has been shared thousands of times on social media in recent days. A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma was preparing to take her own life by jumping off of a bridge. It’s unclear who this woman was or what her motivations were for ending her life, but for several men driving by, none of that mattered.
They had to intervene.
From The Daily Wire:
At the outset, the footage – which appears to be recorded from a police helicopter – shows a man sticking his arms through a short fence and wrapping them tightly around the arms of a woman standing on the side of a bridge. As the footage continues, three other men pull over to assist, two of whom climb to the other side of the fence – standing on a razor thin ledge – to lift the suicidal woman back to safety.
Watch this group of total strangers come together and risk their lives to save a woman on a bridge contemplating suicide. Beautiful to see such heroism and selflessness, heartbreaking to see someone so hurting they feel this is their only option. Pray God grants her the peace she's looking for. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Posted by Faithwire on Monday, May 1, 2017
Steffan Anderson has been identified as the first man on the scene who worked to save the woman’s life. Just when he felt he couldn’t hold onto the woman any longer, other men stepped up to help pull the woman back to their side of the bridge.
On average, there are 121 suicides per day in the United States.
Alex Jayne, one of the rescuers in the video, recognizes that depression is a serious problem, saying to reporters that the woman he saved was in need of compassion.
“I think a lot of us have been there before – maybe not that serious, but we’ve all been there.”
While the unnamed woman was reportedly upset that she had been rescued, her saviors believe she’ll come around to recognizing that taking her life was not the answer to her problems.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.