Utah trooper saves suicidal man from jumping off a freeway overpass

by Jenny Mount · Apr 1st, 2021 10:48 am
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Last Updated Apr 1st, 2021 at 6:11 pm

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper saved a suicidal man from jumping off a freeway overpass on Tuesday.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andrew Battenfield said his adrenaline kicked in when he grabbed the man and held onto him until help could arrive.

Troopers started receiving reports regarding a man in his 30s looking over an overpass, and Battenfield rushed to the scene as quickly as he could.

"We kind of think someone is depressed or for whatever reason not having a good day," said Battenfield about the type of call they received by emergency dispatchers.

Investigators believe the man was trying to get hit by a vehicle as he was running around on the freeway when Battenfield arrived. Then man then went over to the wall of the bridge and straddled one leg on each side of the barrier.

Just as the man got both legs over the wall, Battenfield was able to wrap his arms around the man's torso under his armpits holding him in a bearhug.

Three to four other motorists stopped just in time as they reached over the wall and pulled the man back over to the freeway.

The man told Battenfield he should have just let him go.

"I encouraged him ‘That's not what you want to do,'" Battenfield said. "There's nothing in this world worth taking your life for."

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was admitted for a mental health evaluation.


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