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VIDEO: Dashcam footage captures local officer saving bridge jumper

Seguin police officer saves man threatening to jump over bridge

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SEGUIN – Dashcam footage released by the Seguin Police Department shows the moment when a police officer pulled a man to safety after he was threatening to jump over a bridge.

The life-saving moment took place in the early morning hours on April 4 when a passerby flagged down SPD Officer James White, telling him that a young man was walking in the middle of State Highway 123.

Upon arrival, White saw the man, 25, sitting on the rail of a bridge on State Highway 123 near Kingsbury Street.

In the video shared on SPD’s Facebook page, White is heard starting a conversation with the man saying, “What’s the matter?” before the man tells him to “go away,” threatening to jump as he sits on the rail.

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“It was immediately clear that the young man was troubled as he was poised to jump, which no doubt would have tragically ended his life,” SPD Chief Kevin Kelso said in the Facebook post.

The video shows White approaching the man, telling him "don’t do that" and "come here." The man is heard in the video telling White he will jump and he has a bomb.

Moments after the man yells, "Leave me alone," the video captures White lunging at him, grabbing the man by the shirt and pull off the ledge.

"Officer White's training, instinct and compassion for another human being early that morning are beyond commendable," Kelso said. 

"Officer White's co-workers recognize the fact that his quick actions potentially saved the life of this young, troubled man."

The Police Department recognized White for his selflessness and quick actions in saving the life of a citizen."

Police said the man was later transported to a mental health facility.

The Police Department wants to remind the community if you, a family member or a friend needs assistance, there is help.

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Officer James White is recognized for saving a young man's life.

Today, Chief Kelso recognized Officer James White for saving the life of a distraught man threatening to jump from an overpass. Here is what Chief Kelso wrote in the “Life Saving Citation”: “On April 4, 2018, while on patrol very early in the morning, he was flagged down by a passing motorist and advised of a young man walking in the middle of the southbound lanes of State Highway 123. After searching the area, he was able to locate a 25-year-old man on the State Highway 123 bridge just north of Kingsbury Street. It was immediately clear that the young man was troubled as he was poised to jump, which no doubt would have tragically ended his life. After requesting assistance, Officer White initiated a conversation with the young man hoping to build a rapport and “talk him off the ledge.” Believing that he would follow through with his threats to jump to his death, Officer White slowly approached him, all the while engaging him in a conversation. After preoccupying him with conversation, he was able to covertly approach him after gaining his trust. Even though Officer White was faced with considerable danger to himself, when close enough, he lunged at him, placing himself dangerously close to the edge of the bridge, and was able to grasp his shirt and ultimately pulled him “off the ledge” to safety. Officer White's training, instinct, and compassion for another human being early that morning are beyond commendable. Officer White's co-workers recognize the fact that his quick actions potentially saved the life of this young, troubled man. His performance and actions are a credit to our department and to the law enforcement profession. Today, it is my privilege to recognize Officer White's selflessness and quick actions in saving the life of a citizen.” Way to go Officer White! If you, a family member or friend needs assistance. Please call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). - Officer C. Contreras

Posted by Seguin Police Department on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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